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1st grade faces June 16, 2010

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 2:27 pm

The first graders studied portraits by various artists, including Picasso, Modigliani, Matisse, and da Vinci.  They noted that some portraits are realistic, some are abstract, and some are a mix of both.  In these self portraits, the students attempted to make their faces as realistic as possible with correct proportions, but the colors were more abstract.  The students used 3 values of markers, a light, medium, and dark.  Every color was used to draw a different step in portraiture.  After the dark value was drawn on, students painted water over the markers, to “melt” the markers together.  The result is a very neat watercolor effect, without the watercolors!


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