teaches at Fredericksburg Elementary School in Fredericksburg, Texas.
Welcome to her Art Room.
Self Portraits a la Andy
Fifth Grade Lesson
Paige was inspired by a lesson
she found in Arts & Activities Magazine (see September
2004). Paige took digital photos of each student. They
held a lamp to cast shadows as they stood in front of my pull down
screen. Students experimented in front of a mirror with
their expressions first.
Paige downloaded the photos and turned them into black and white
images -- then played with the contrast and brightness, trying to
get as many interesting shapes as possible. She found it more
interesting when outer lines of the sides of the face were faded.
While Paige did this step for the students, those of you with
computer labs could have the students manipulate the photographs.
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They then printed each student's photo on a 1/2 sheet of
paper. Then Paige enlarged the images on the copier as much
as possible. She made a couple of copies at one time to set
aside for exploration or future projects.
During the next session, the students received their photo taped
along the side to a nice weight white paper. In-between the photo
and the white paper was a sheet of carbon paper.
She first demonstrated taking the students through looking for
shapes and not features. The students then were on the edge of
their seats to start this portion. The eyes, mouth and the
nose as well were the most crucial areas. She stressed to
only create the illusion of a nose or a mouth. Keeping the
"sparkle spots" in the eyes was VERY important.
As the students worked through this portion, they could peek under
their paper (with out un-taping) to see what was developing.
Once they were both happy with what they saw, the students
un-taped and began working with a variety of black markers.
Paige found that Sharpies work the best. They do not leave
lines - instead they create a unified black shape.
Once the students had completed the marker step they turned their
focus toward the background. During the first couple of
classes (Paige has nine 5th grade classes) they explored the
tissue paper snowflakes. She demonstrated the creating of
the snowflake and they went through much recycled paper first.
Then they moved to the tissue. She also demonstrated placing
the snowflakes first and making decisions before gluing. With the
next few classes, she opened the background up to them. Students
brainstormed ideas - with focus on unity.
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