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!
1st grade faces June 16, 2010