All About Me Portraits art project video lesson plan grades 1-3
All About Me Portraits is a comprehensive art lesson plan to guide your next art project in grades 1-3, using oil pastels and water paints. Includes a PDF teaching support document and the instructional video that demonstrates every step, supporting students with drawing their self-portraits, using the element of SHAPE and the principle of PROPORTION.
2 portrait versions are demonstrated. Students also learn about the elements of COLOR (colour) and LINE while they create their shirts and backgrounds. Created with students aged 5, this lesson plan is aimed at grade 1 and grade 2 students.
Use with early elementary learners in a series of consecutive lessons. Encourage students to follow choice options and create their unique portraits, while being guided by the demonstrations in the video.
This lesson plan focuses on:
- Use the element of SHAPE to structure the face and its features
- Use the principle of proportion to locate facial features
- Explore warm and cool color (colour) families
- Explore oil pastels & water paint media (liquid or pan)
Printable and presentation drawing guides have been included in this PDF.
Teaching this lesson can be a meaningful art project for students returning to school at the start of the year, exploring inquiries into Who We Are - IB PYP. Students can express their unique identities through personal choices and modifications, while working through the project. Also makes a great extension for shared picture books.
Extend further writing Friendship Poetry or Bio Poems (LINK HERE)
This is a fully narrated video tutorial that demonstrates all drawing steps in real time.
Benefits of using a video lesson:
- The lesson has already been tested
- All steps are viewable from start to finish
- Techniques are demonstrated
- Rewind and rewatch as many times as needed
- Narrated explanation adds depth to understanding art theories
- Its like having an art specialist in your classroom or home
- Encourages independence in learners and self management
- Allows for students to work at their individual pace
- Hosted on YouTube (unlisted) and accessed from the link in the PDF support document
- Not cluttering up your hard drive
- Added benefit of PL in Visual Art teaching for the purchasing classroom teacher
- Includes a PDF lesson companion with support information
- Lockdown Remote Teaching: Limited permission is granted for the purchasing teacher only, to live stream through screen sharing with their class, strictly limited for remote teaching during a government mandated lockdown
Stream the video lesson on your large screen and free yourself up to roam your classroom and support your students. Let your students follow along, pausing in places for them to complete the steps at their own pace, or rewind and rewatch when needed. This method can also offer time for opportunities to explore student responses or modifications, bringing personal creative ideas to the tutorial. Addresses the Viewing & Responding to artwork concepts.
Suits: most early primary/ elementary grades and homeschooling families.
Children will: learn to create self-portraits, use line patterns and shapes, work with oil and water resist techniques and make color (colour) selections
Learning intentions include: Draw with tutorials, Apply personal choices or modifications, Drawing, colouring and painting with accuracy (fine-motor development), Use colour with purpose (warm & cool contrast), Make artistic choices within context limits, Respond to art created by artists and by my friends, Reflect on my own artwork, skills and progress.
Media demonstrated: water colored (coloured) paint and oil pastels
Materials used: A3* art paper, drawing pencil, water colored (coloured) paints in liquid or pan form & paint brushes, scissors & glue
*A4 = 8.5 by 11 inches (215.9 by 279.4 mm) A3 = double A4
The video preview is a very short clip from the actual resource to give you an idea of my teaching style. I am both a general ed classroom teacher and currently practicing as a Visual Art and Digital Media specialist educator, teaching students from ages 4-12, at a primary school.
Also included in the support documents are:
- Learning Intentions for the IB PYP and NZC at level 1 / Phase 1 but these will closely match LO's from other art curriculums.
- Student Voice reflection/ assessment guides
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