Thursday, December 15, 2011

Modigliani Style Portraits

A few weeks ago, I participated in a "lesson hop" by linking one of my lessons to another blog.  I linked my lesson to Art Lessons for Kids by Ms. Ale.  I won one of her e-book lessons as a prize for participating and linking her site onto my site.  One of the lessons in the e-book was Amadeo Modigliani Style portraits.  Modigliani's portraits were very distinct with their abstraction of the figure.  He would always draw/paint his portraits with very long necks, and use just flat color, no patterns.   


Outlining Drawings with white crayon

Outlining with black oil pastel

adding details and skintone in color

adding skin tone

Second grade students at Wood End and at Birch Meadow are working on this lesson.  Each student drew a self portrait in the style of Modigliani.  We used mirrors to help us with our facial features.  We drew on black paper, outlined our work with white crayon, then went over the work with a black oil pastel.  Once we did that, we were able to choose our skin tones to color in our face and neck.  We discussed how each of us have different skin tones and we need to choose the color closest to our own tone.  Once that was colored in, we added our eye color, hair, shirts an background.  The results were stunning! 






By Leah H.





By Michael H.





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