Lesson Plan

Self-Portraits and Continous Line Drawings

Middle school art students explore concepts related to drawing and manipulating self-portraits, including through continous line drawing exploration.
Caitlin M.
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Harpeth Hall School
Nashville, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages

Students will be able to...

  • Draw a self-portrait from a photograph using grid paper and pencil.
  • Trace a continuous line self-potrait using a photograph and computer program.
  • Manipulate the continuous line self-portrait using a computer program.
Grades 7 – 8
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

Activity: Reading

Show students Face Book by Chuck Close.

Student Instructions

Students explore mix-and-match self-portrait section of Chuck Close Face Book. Students see examples of continuous line self-portrait and other self-portrait examples.

2 Teacher Demonstration

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The teacher creates example self-portrait using various artistic techniques in class. The teacher also records the process, talking through the steps as he or she works (this step may be done separately from class demonstration). The videos are then posted to YouTube and embedded in the class Haiku page for student review.

Student Instructions

Students review self-portrait technique videos outside of class as reinforcement to class demonstration.

3 Individual Creation

Activity: Drawing

Teacher takes photograph of individual students to use for self-portrait drawing on grid paper.

Student Instructions

Students use grid paper to create pencil drawing self-portrait, paying particular attention to detail and shading properties.

4 Extension

Using school maker space, allow students to explore different ways to create a self-portrait.

Student Instructions

Students manipulate continuous line drawing self-portrait by tracing photograph in Microsoft Publisher and experimenting with different effects in Microsoft PowerPoint. Students also create 3D self-portraits using a 3Doodler 3D printing pen and tracing a printed photograph.