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Self-Portraits in Cray-Pas

7th and 8th Grades

Working from 5x7 inch (12.7 x 17.7 cm) photographs (with hand/s) taken in class by Mrs. Kramer, we make a grid on our photo and transferred it to an 12x18 inch (30.5 x 45.7 cm) grid on white paper. We traced this onto tracing paper which we flipped onto another white sheet of paper (to save for another project) and flipped AGAIN onto black construction paper.

Craypas self portrait

By Nikki

Students were asked to work with unusual coloring for the skin areas using their favorite colors or colors that reflected their mood. Care was given to the low-lights and high-lights of the skin. Students learned how to work with craypas... not blending with fingers but instead to lay down several layers of colors to give a blending effect with the craypas (a mixture of crayon and pastel). Despite the time it took to transfer and flip a few times, everyone was quite pleased with the final project.


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Self-Portrait Art Lessons on IAD

Self-Portrait Art Lessons - A large collection of art lessons.

Split Face Colored Pencil Self-Portrait - Students draw half a realistic self-portrait by looking in a mirror and drawing what they see and from learning about how the human face proportions.

Cultural Self Portraits - Students research their own ancestry and do a self portrait reflecting their own cultural heritage.

Monochromatic Self Portrait Paintings - Students will learn how to posterize an image and then use that image for a monochromatic self portrait painting with contrasting color background.

Cubist Self-Portraits - Students will use previous knowledge of pattern and repetition to create background and use self-evaluation as form of personal assessment.

Arcimboldo Style Self-Portraits - Students create silhouettes of themselves and add patters Arcimboldo style.

Digital Self Portraits - Students manipulate photographs of themselves in Adobe Photoshop.

Cut Paper Portraits - From digital photographs, students add colored cut paper to "flesh out" the faces.

Micrography Self-Portraits - Students create high contrast digital images and add small words to create a pattern and texture.


There are many more lessons on IAD. Do a search at the top and bottom of the page for the words "self portrait" for more.


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