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?
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.
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.