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Personalized Self-Portraits

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 […]

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Self-Portrait Workshop – Paul Klee

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!

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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Fun Paper “Frames”

“Framed” Self-Portrait by Colin, First Grade Nothing enhances a painting like a good frame! Here’s a fun and inexpensive way to frame your students’ work. Let’s assume you want to frame a 9×12 piece of artwork….1. Take a 12×18 piece of construction paper and trim it to 12×15 inches.2. Center your art on the 12×15 […]

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Self-Portraits Inspired by Paul Klee

  Kindergarten self-portrait and “Senecio” by Paul Klee One of our wonderful parent volunteers recently shared a great website with me that she found. If you’re looking for new art lessons to try, check out Kathy Barbaro’s “Art Projects for Kids”. I found a great idea on her website for “painting” with tissue paper, which […]

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