2 Replies Latest reply: Jul 17, 2010 10:58 AM by Teddy12 RSS

Portrait Drawing Ideas?

randyoaea@gmail.com New User
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I am starting a new drawing unit with my Art 1-2 class and I have taught portrait drawing the same way for the past 17 years and I really think I need a new direction.  It is the end of the year and they my jsut be "DONE", but I need a few suggestions for introductory motivation.  How do you start your portrait unit?

  • Re: Portrait Drawing Ideas?
    Lynne Hoffman Apprentice
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    Thanks for starting a discussion about drawing portraits.  One of Thinkfinity's partners, ArtsEdge, offers the following resource: 

    The Skull Beneath the Skin:  The Soul Behind the Image (K-12):  a collection which examines how the development of Jamie Wyeth's style of painting over the years revealed the personality behind the famous dancer.


    Within this lesson, there is a discussion of Leonardo Da Vinci's technique and offers an additional web resource at the Museum of Science Welcome to Exploring Leonardo.  You may find the links from this source valuable as well.


    Lynne Hoffman

    Thinkfinity Community Host

  • Re: Portrait Drawing Ideas?
    Teddy12 New User
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    I spend one whole day drawing a giant eye and having them make one as large as a 8 1/2 x 11 paper one step at a time as I do it on an easel. Later, I have them follow me and draw a nose, mouth and chin so they learn shading and form.

    My final is 4 1/2 hours long portrait. They choose from Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom or Keira Knightley. I make sure they are all straight forward head shots. I use a very detailed rubric.

    They are surprisingly good after all or that.


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