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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

5 Easy Steps to Making an Expressionist Self-Portrait.



Grades 4th-9th
In this lesson students will create a self-portrait in an Expressionist style.   
Step 1:   Students should first learn about the Expressionist movement and study works of art by Edward Munch, especially "The Scream."
Step 2: Before this studio and before you show the video you need to take digital pictures of your students making some kind of expression.  Then print them off on a full 8.5x11 size paper.  This can be printed in black and white. 
Step 3: Make sure that you have all of the materials listed below.  Also you should practice making the prints a few times before hand.  That way you are much less likely to mess up a students drawing.
Step 4: On the day of the studio set up a printing station.  At your desk or in the back of the room at a spare table would be fine.  You don't need a lot of space. 
Step 5: Show this video to your students, and then let them do their project.  I have found that it takes about 45 minutes for the whole class to do the drawing and complete all of the monoprints and then another 45-50 minutes to color it in. 
Materials
  •  An 8.5x11 photo of each student making some kind of expressive face
  • One piece of transparency film per student
  • One black vis-a-vis per student
  • A fine mist bottle full of water, I use an old Fabreze bottle
  • A box of tissues
  • a rolling pin
  • Crayons for the students, with plenty of color choice

Student Examples



3 comments:

  1. What a super fabulous blog you have:)
    Wondering what kind of paper you used for making the portraits? Regular 8 1/2 x 11 computer paper or construction paper, or??? Seems like getting regular paper wet would make it hard to color later??

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    1. Probably cardstock or tagboard...something a little thicker for the monoprint using water to transfer print.

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    2. Probably cardstock or tagboard...something a little thicker for the monoprint using water to transfer print.

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