I teach 2 Beginning Art classes to 7th and 8th Grade students. In this class, I try to teach students how to use a variety of materials. We try to work with dry media, wet media, and create 3D art. Unfortunately, we haven't been able to work with graphite to create realistic self portraits.
I have some amazingly talented students and I want to give them the opportunity to expand their skill set even further.
I feel like my students deserve the opportunity to create a realistic self portrait. I feel like students will be more engaged with this project because it is so personal.
Students will be creating realistic self portraits using woodless graphite pencils and blending stumps. This is a great way for students to learn how to create value in a realistic manner. We will be using the grid method of drawing so that their portraits are more accurate.
Students will begin by drawing a 1x1 inch grid on a 6x9 inch photo of themselves then they will draw a 2x2 inch grid onto 12x18 inch drawing paper so that the final drawing is twice the size of the original photo.
Students will use the grid to accurately draw a picture of themselves then we will use the woodless graphite pencils to add value. Last, we will use the blending stumps to blend values together to give them a seamless finish.
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