Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Art
- White drawing paper
- Large, colored construction paper
- Pencils, crayons or craypas, and markers
- Hat or small container
- Art books with portraits from various artists including Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Velasquez, Picasso, Matisse, and Da Vinci's Mona Lisa
- Creative thinking
- Fine motor
- Language and literacy
- Social development
Write children's names on small pieces of paper, fold them up, and place them in a hat, bag, or small container.
During meeting time, ask children if they know what a portrait is. Inform them that they are going to make a portrait of a classmate. Share some pictures of portraits done by famous artists and discuss the various styles used in each. Talk about how some portraits may look very realistic while others may be done in very bright colors or with simple lines.
Explain that you will choose two names from the hat. The pair will take turns drawing each other. If you don't have an even amount of children, pair a child with a teacher.
Provide children with the suggested art materials. Invite one child to sit on a chair within view of their classmate who is doing the drawing. Remind the children drawing that they should look at their friend as they draw their portrait. The following day, invite the other group to sit for their portraits.
Mount the portraits onto larger sheets of colored construction paper to create "frames" for the children's drawings. Invite them to decorate their frames. Find a large wall area to display the portraits with enough space below each portrait to add another sheet of paper.
Inform children that they will share something that they think is special about each person in the class. Focus on one or two children each day. Record the comments on one sheet of paper per child. Place the individual comments underneath each portrait.
Remember: Help the class to focus on their different artistic styles. Just as famous artists have different styles, they do, too. This will help them to avoid comparing their skill levels or talents.
Family Portraits: Send home drawing paper and ask children to make a family portrait. Remind them that they can choose different materials to create their drawings. They might want to use pencil, markers, crayons, or colored pencils. Bring the group together to share their work.
CURRICULUM CONNECTION: WRITING
Writing "title" and "artist." Provide each child with sentence strip paper to write the name of the child whose portrait they drew, as well as their own name as the artist. Children who can write on their own may need to see their friend's name written out so they can copy the letters.
Frida by Jonah Winter
Just Like Me by Harriet Rohmer
Portraits by Penny King