.In this lesson I introduce the artist Modigliani to my first graders and we looked for similarities in his portraits. They noticed right away the tilted heads, long necks and noses. He also didn't always include the irises and pupils in the eyes.
We then drew one large tilted 'U' shape in the center of our paper for the head. Neck and shoulders are added. This is repeated for the remaining family members they wanted to include in their drawing. The nose was added next and then they added eyes with or without irises and pupils.
I then showed them how to draw different types of hair and they chose the ones that matched their family members. We traced our drawing with permanent marker and colored the portraits with crayon.
The final step was to use a clear wash on background and added square bleeding tissue paper on top the water. We added a heavy layer of water over the tissue paper and let dry completely. The tissue paper falls off to color the background.
Thanks to Sherri Sanning, from Garrett Elementary for sharing this lesson with me.