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Father’s Day Portraits Art project

Father’s Day Portraits Art project

By on May 30, 2014 | 7 comments

For the last art project for my third/fourth combo class, I asked the teacher if she had any requests. She didn’t hesitate to say that she has no idea what to do for Father’s Day. Could I create some type of art project to celebrate Father’s Day? We brainstormed for a few moments and then decided that a portrait would be fun. Drawing a grown-up...

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Van Gogh Inspired ¾ View Portraits

Van Gogh Inspired ¾ View Portraits

By on Feb 6, 2014 | 11 comments

By the time I was in seventh grade, I abandoned the frontal portrait view in favor of a ¾ view. I loved how drawing portraits from a ¾ view perspective looked like the school photos we all had. It does take a bit of practice but I believe it might be easier than drawing a frontal view. Third graders are really just beginning to get comfortable with a standard format...

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Inside the Kinder Classroom: Portraits

Inside the Kinder Classroom: Portraits

By on Jan 28, 2014 | 22 comments

If you’ve been following my blog for any reasonable length of time, you know how much I love Kinders. I love their stubby fingers, their adorable faces and I especially love how much they embrace art. They are in fact, perfect little artistic beings. Which is why I get such a kick out of their portraits. No matter how many different ways you teach portrait...

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Fun with Portraits II Guidebook

Fun with Portraits II Guidebook

By on Oct 17, 2013 | 5 comments

This is my biggest PDF lesson plan booklet to date and is the result of over 5 years of portrait making. I’ve broken down the secrets of teaching a portrait lesson into THREE TECHNIQUES. Each technique is outlined in the guidebook and when combined with various mediums, makes portrait making easy and doable. Simply pick the technique that is best suited to your...

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Chalk and Tempera Primary Portraits

Chalk and Tempera Primary Portraits

By on Mar 25, 2013 | 14 comments

I’ve been doing a different Kinder portrait for the last ten years of teaching art. I love mixing things up and experimenting with different combination of media. This year, I combined my favorite tempera paint with chalk and oil pastels. This might be my favorite combo of all! I use one of three techniques for drawing portraits in Kindergarten. All three are...

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The Primary Portrait Project: Tempera Paint

The Primary Portrait Project: Tempera Paint

By on Jan 16, 2012 | 2 comments

This is part three of my quest for determining the best medium for primary portraits. Last week my first grade students created beautiful oil pastel portraits, then another first grade class created their portraits using chalk pastels. Today, my final first grade class used my favorite medium:tempera paints. Tempera paint has always been one of my favorite mediums....

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