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Portrait Drawing

In this project children will learn facial proportions, drawing and observation skills.  Students will gain confidence in their ability to render a simple yet professional final drawing.

Art Materials Needed:

Drawing Paper
#2 Pencil
Soft Eraser
Black Construction Paper
Optional:  Matted Frame

Suggested Art History Prints:  Mona Lisa-Leonardo da Vinci

Internet Sources:

Leonardo da Vinci "Webmuseum" From Sketches to Paintings

Why is the Mona Lisa Smiling?  Encarta Schoolhouse Line

Mona Lisa Painting

Suggested Reading Materials:  Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain by Edwards, Betty
ISBN:0006381146 Paperback
Grafton Books Harpercollins


  Portait Drawing Exercise

 Ask students to draw the person seated next to them.   Assure the students that it doesn't matter what their drawing abilities are, the object of the exercise is to have fun, learn to observe, and improve drawing skills.  After they have completed the exercise, ask them to include the name of the model, their name, and the date of the exercise. Lay the drawings aside-these are the "Before" drawings.
Students should not spend too much time on this initial drawing nor use overuse the eraser.  Assure them they will have the opportunity to improve their drawing.

Next ask the students to observe their model once again.  Ask them to draw an oval, and then to draw a vertical line through the center of the oval. Instruct them to observe their model.  Notice that there is equal weight distribution on both sides of the face.  When they draw the features of the model, they will want to be sure that the drawing is balanced.  Next, ask them to notice the eye level of their model.  Draw a line on their drawing that corresponds to the placement of the eye level in their model.  Ask the students where the eye level is located.  Many will respond "in the middle of the oval".  Ask them to really observe their model and they will see that the placement is not quite l/2 but more than l/3.  Draw accordingly.  Now ask them to observe their model again, and to indicate on their drawing where the nose of the model would be placed, and draw a line to indicate it.  It is about l/2 way between the eye level and chine level of the model.  The mouth is l/2 way between the nose and chin.  Indicate this line.  Divide the eye level line into 5 equal parts.  Tell your students that you can place 1 eye in-between the two and l on each side (spatially that is).  Next draw the pupils of the eyes, and the lines to form the eye sockets, and lids.  Ask your students to observe their modeled at the pupil.  If they made an imaginary line going from the pupil down the face, where would the line "line-up" or end?  At the corners of the mouth.  Yes.  Now drop a line from the inside corner of the eye.  Where does it end?  At the edge of the nose-Yes!  Ask students to practice drawing the eyes, ears, and mouths on the hand-outs.  Then ask them to make a new drawing using the new information.  Use Q-tips to blend and tone drawings.  Encourage students to use short brisk lines for the facial hairs such as the eyebrows and lashes.  One of the common mistakes of beginning portrait artists is that they make too many eyelashes.  If your model's eyes look more like spiders than human eyes it is a good indication that you are overdoing the eyelashes.
Compare the Before drawings to the After.  Glue the After drawing to a black piece of construction paper, or mat and hang in the classroom or school library.


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  Portrait Project 3

 Portrait Project 4

 Portrait Project 5

 Portrait Project 6

Portrait Project 7

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Art History

 Analysis of Francisco de Goya's Painting The Third of May, 1808
 Renoir Sample Art History Lesson Worksheets

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