Self-Portraits on Maps, 4th Grade

Where in the World ART You From?

 We began the lesson by discussing; What contour lines are? and Why artist’s create Self-portraits?

For this lesson we discussed how to draw a self-portrait using contour lines. Students have been working hard in art  creating a self-portrait using accurate proportions. We discussed things like, where our eyes, ears, noes, and mouth lay. We also pulled from the three dimensional work we did in clay for our, “ I Dream A World” Residency. Once students had their Self-portrait complete, students traced their drawings onto vellum, a translucent paper, and overlaid them on their maps. The maps were chosen based on where students have lived or where they are from. Some classes looked at the work or Robert Motherwell to see how patterned papers can create richness in the composition and tell a story. Students further explored where their from by creating a symbol that best represents that place. For some students it was a thing, for others a memory. It was so much fun learning about where my 4th graders ART from. This has easily become one of my favorite lessons.

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