Modigliani Inspired Self-Portraits

 

Modigliani-oil-pastel-portraits

Kathy at Art Project for Kids created a fantastic lesson based on Modigliani’s famous elongated portraitures. Instead of creating a grid like Kathy did, I decide to fold the paper instead. This eliminates the somewhat hard task of creating grid lines with a straight edge. We used oil pastels with this lesson but perhaps the next time I do this lesson I might choose soft pastels.

Check out the link above for Kathy’s full directions.

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9 comments

  1. Joy says:

    I love these portraits! They are absolutely beautiful and it looks as though the students had a high level of success.

    I also like the new links to other sites you’ve posted and your new heading. Your blog looks fantastic and I am always inspired by your projects. Thanks for making your ideas available!

  2. Patty P says:

    Thanks, Joy!
    The Modigliani projects were very successful. Have to give Art Project for Kids kudos for creating the grid idea. This was the reason why the project was so successful.
    Thanks for visiting!

  3. Kathy Barbro says:

    Hi Joy,
    I find these all breathtakingly beautiful! I remember getting a few nice pieces when I first did this but yours are ALL gorgeous! Congrats!

    Kathy from Art Projects for Kids

  4. -Miss V- says:

    Thank you so much for all your great lesson plan ideas for art! I will be sure to add your blog to mine to help out other fellow teachers :) I'd love if you had some suggestions to incorporate ancient civilizations for grade fives in about 1 -2 40 minute time slots (I'm a student teacher and I'd love to do something creative and fun)! Thanks again!

  5. Dawn S. says:

    Hi Patty,

    I love the Modigliani portraits. I'm new to the elementary world and was hoping you can explain the grid method used… I've used a grid method for enlarging drawings but I was hoping you could share how to create the Modigliani look?

  6. Patty Palmer says:

    Hi Dawn,
    I provide a link to Art Project for Kids. Just click on it and Kathy has provided great instructions. Have fun!

  7. Cara says:

    I did this lesson with my 7th graders–they loved it! And the portraits turned out beautifully. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas. I teach Art without an Art degree, but with your blog (and many others) I am able to bring fabulous lessons and ideas to the classroom.

  8. April Duda says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this lesson! I’m so excited to do this with my 6th graders! This is my first year teaching and I can’t wait!! :)

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  11. [...] the novelty of drawing one’s self is wearing thin. So here’s a fantastic alternative: Modigliani Self Portraits. Not only do they learn a little bit about Modigliani, but the process for drawing his faces is [...]

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