Friday, April 17, 2009

Cubist Portraits 2nd Graders

Again, one of my favorite lessons inspired by the cubist portrait project at Ms. Julie's Place. The hardest part of the project is drawing the profile down the middle of the face. I encouraged the kids to think of their face in terms of lumps and bumps (a large triangular pointed lump for the nose, 2 small bumps for the mouth) a la "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain." Next, we broke the face up using geometric shapes, went over lines with a permanent marker and finally watercolor. I challenged them to try not to have a shape of one color touch a shape of the same color - a little tricky. This group of boys (no girls in this class) were big on personality, and it shows in their work.

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