We start by looking at a variety of Modigliani portraits and discuss what do most of them have in common. Tilted heads, long necks and long noses. I then walk them through drawing like Modigliani and remind them that we are creating an abstract portrait. The way we make them look a little like ourselves is the hair and how we color them in.
We then trace our drawing with permanent marker and color in with crayon. The final step is to use square tissue paper pieces and water to stain the background. I stress to them to be generous with the water, then lay down the tissue paper pieces and add more water to the top. When they dry, I shake the tissue paper off into the recycle bin. My students love this project and many tell me they made another at home.