This project encourages children to paint freely without worrying about templates or staying inside the lines. They have the opportunity to use expression to paint a portrait like they never have before: in the style of American artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat.
They use paint on recycled or used paper placemats that already have marks on them and paint a simple face with black paint. Then, after it dries, they use colored oil pastels to add color, pattern, and expression to their portrait. It’s a great time to show students how to “loosen up” and enjoy the process as they go.
This 7 page lesson includes:
Step-by-step drawing instructions
Intro on Jean-Michel Basquiat
National Visual Art Standards
I Can Statements
Common Core Standards for 1st grade
Assessment Checklist specific to this lesson.
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