Portraits / Self-Portraits – TeachKidsArt http://www.teachkidsart.net a resource for teaching art to kids! Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:27:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 22 Ways to Combine Writing & Art to Encourage Creativity http://www.teachkidsart.net/22-ways-to-combine-writing-art-to-encourage-creativity/ Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:11:38 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4854

I recently had the privilege of helping my adult daughter edit the manuscript for her first book. Her first real, published book. A book with an agent, a publisher, a release date (April 2017), and it’s own pre-order page on Amazon. A proud parenting milestone for sure! But this book of hers has been a long time in the making. […] ]]>
Mona Lisa – Fact or Fiction? 50 Fantastic Things to Know! http://www.teachkidsart.net/mona-lisa-fact-or-fiction-50-fantastic-things-to-know/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/mona-lisa-fact-or-fiction-50-fantastic-things-to-know/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 04:56:57 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=2991

My students became experts on all things Mona Lisa the year we ‘adopted’ the Mona Lisa as our Art Class Mascot!  For generations, the Mona Lisa has captivated the imaginations of young and old alike. Her mysterious smile hints that there is much we don’t know about this painting, and the woman in it. But there […] ]]>
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Light Has Come! http://www.teachkidsart.net/light-has-come/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/light-has-come/#comments Tue, 24 Dec 2013 08:47:18 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=2525

Religious paintings were a favorite subject of the Old Masters (trained European painters who worked between the mid 1400’s to the early 1800’s). In paintings from this time period, Jesus was often depicted with a glowing light that would radiate out from him. This example of the Nativity (or birth) of Christ by Dutch artist […] ]]>
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Self-Portraits Inspired by Grant Wood http://www.teachkidsart.net/self-portraits-inspired-by-grant-wood/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/self-portraits-inspired-by-grant-wood/#comments Thu, 08 Mar 2012 07:18:00 +0000 http://biz123.inmotionhosting.com/~teachk5/2012/03/self-portraits-inspired-by-grant-wood.html

Grant Wood (1891-1942) was an American artist best known for his paintings of rural American life.  My students were fascinated by the story of how his father died when Grant was only ten years old, and his mother had to move her family from their home on the farm to the big city. This was a […] ]]>
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Thumbprint Self-Portrait http://www.teachkidsart.net/thumbprint-self-portrait/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/thumbprint-self-portrait/#comments Tue, 24 Jan 2012 23:03:00 +0000 http://biz123.inmotionhosting.com/~teachk5/2012/01/thumbprint-self-portrait.html

Here’s a great idea I found on Pinterest…. You can see lots of inspiring examples here and here.  I tried this lesson with my middle school students and they really had fun with it!   For more detailed instructions with photos, tips, writing prompts, a student gallery, and fascinating fingerprint facts, check out my pdf on […] ]]>
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Happy 100th Day of School! http://www.teachkidsart.net/happy-100th-day-of-school/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/happy-100th-day-of-school/#comments Thu, 18 Feb 2010 07:04:00 +0000 http://biz123.inmotionhosting.com/~teachk5/2010/02/happy-100th-day-of-school.html

Last week our adorable Kinders celebrated the “100th Day of School”. One of their many fun activities was to draw self-portraits of themselves today and in 100 years! As you can see, the results were charming!! Even if your 100th Day of School has already passed, this is a fun project to do anytime! 1. […] ]]>
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Picasso Portraits – Kindergarten Style! http://www.teachkidsart.net/picasso-portraits-kindergarten-style/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/picasso-portraits-kindergarten-style/#comments Thu, 14 Jan 2010 06:22:00 +0000 http://biz123.inmotionhosting.com/~teachk5/2010/01/picasso-portraits-kindergarten-style.html

Picasso gives us many great opportunities to teach about abstract art! I like to do this lesson with my Kinders after I teach them the more “traditional” methods of drawing portraits. They really enjoy this chance to “get a little crazy” with their art! (Warning: Get ready to hear some of the FUNNIEST comments from […] ]]>
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Personalized Self-Portraits http://www.teachkidsart.net/personalized-self-portraits/ Thu, 14 May 2009 19:27:00 +0000 http://biz123.inmotionhosting.com/~teachk5/2009/05/personalized-self-portraits.html

Third grade self-portrait by Zachary Use the inspiration of artist Frida Kahlo to have your students add a personalized touch to their self-portraits. Frida Kahlo is known for her prolific painting career…. paintings mostly of herself! She often used symbolism in her paintings as a “window to her soul”. I like to have students add […] ]]>
Self-Portrait Workshop – Paul Klee http://www.teachkidsart.net/self-portrait-workshop-paul-klee/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/self-portrait-workshop-paul-klee/#comments Mon, 11 May 2009 04:15:00 +0000 http://biz123.inmotionhosting.com/~teachk5/2009/05/self-portrait-workshop-paul-klee.html

Here is a sampling of self-portraits inspired by artist Paul Klee (including one in progress) from my last teacher workshop. Paul Klee (1879-1940) was a Swiss artist known for his highly individual, abstract style. His work was influenced by many different art movements, including Expressionism, Cubism and Surrealism. This project uses squares of “bleeding tissue” […] ]]>
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Teacher Workshop: Self-Portraits! http://www.teachkidsart.net/teacher-workshop-self-portraits/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/teacher-workshop-self-portraits/#comments Mon, 04 May 2009 17:31:00 +0000 http://biz123.inmotionhosting.com/~teachk5/2009/05/teacher-workshop-self-portraits.html

I just finished the 4th workshop in my “Teaching Teachers to Teach Art” series. This workshop focused on teaching Self-Portraits and we had a blast! We learned the basic “rules” for drawing portraits (see below) and did three self-portrait projects inspired by famous artists Paul Klee, Frida Kahlo and Amedeo Modigliani. I’ll be sharing those […] ]]>
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