Expressionist art project SELF PORTRAITS lesson plan 4th grade - middle school
Portrait art is a favourite annual Back to School lesson in classrooms around the world. This visual art lesson plan introduces students to the art styles of Expressionism as represented by Amedeo Modigliani. By adding this non-realistic, exaggerated lens to a lesson type that many teachers dread teaching because students are seldom satisfied with realistic results, you help to distract students from fussing over realism.
Here, with this art project, students will have fun with unusual techniques in a stylistic way that they will love. All steps are clearly explained and photographed, giving you the confidence to deliver a quality visual art lesson to your students. Includes opportunities for student choice.
This self portrait art tutorial is inspired by the paintings and sculptures of Expressionist artist, Modigliani
Media used includes: chalk and oil pastels (regular supplies in most classrooms).
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Includes a PDF teaching support document that demonstrates every step. Support students with drawing their self-portraits, using the art elements of SHAPES and COLOR / COLOUR. Created with students aged 9-11, this lesson plan is aimed at 4th grade, 5th grade and Middle School students.
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❤️ No more epic fails that result from not having the time to trial the lesson or medium yourself before teaching it.
I’ve done it all for you and trailed this lesson with my own students, in 5th grade.
❤️ Why should you trust my lessons?
I am both a general ed. classroom teacher and currently teaching as a Visual Art and Digital Media specialist educator, working with students from ages 4-12, at a primary school. I do this every day, just like you!
❤️ How will this resource help busy classroom teachers, who are nervous about teaching art?
No worries - I’ve got you covered.
This lesson comes as a full colour PDF teacher guide, with a bumper 29+ slide deck, to share on your large screen with your students.
Plus a further 6 slides to support reflection and assessments.
All project steps are clearly explained and photographed, from start to finish, giving you the confidence to deliver a quality visual art lesson to your students.
Use 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 slideshow.
❤️ All the materials & skills are also clearly listed for you. It’s like having an art specialist with you in your classroom.
The PDF slides are intentionally designed in landscape orientation, to share with your students. This extra visual support will prove useful, particularly for young learners, and will also save your from having to repeat the same instructions, over and over again.
Select VIEW > enter full screen for presentation mode. Then use the arrow keys on your keyboard to drive a smooth slideshow experience, like a pro :)
No printing required
Encourage students along the way, to follow choice options and create their unique artwork, while being guided by the information on the slides.
⏰ How long will this project take to finish?
This art lesson and project can be completed in 3-4 lessons, depending on the age and stage of students and the size of paper /media/ style you or your students choose.
Chunk into smaller manageable lessons, as needed.
View the Previews & Video, then add to cart and smile, knowing you will soon have beautiful artwork on the walls and students glowing with pride!
❤️ So what is special about this resource?
This Expressionist Art lesson for Portraits, is NOT a superficial art or craft option. As a specialist in this field, I write lessons that encourage deeper, cross-curricular learning and make meaningful connections to other subject areas. This IS:
- a drawing tutorial that includes the concepts of proportion & shapes (Math),
- explores the concept of design principles (Visual Language),
- makes link to art history and contemporary artist - Roy Lichtenstein
- makes cross-curricular links to the start of the year and building community (Who We Are - IB).
Students can express their unique ideas through personal choices and modifications (suggestions offered in the guide), while working through the guided project. Pause the presentation in places to discuss next steps with students, check understanding and explore potential student responses or modifications, bringing personal creative ideas to the tutorial. This addresses the Viewing & Responding to artwork objectives in a purposeful way.
- ✅ This PDF includes step-by-step support & teaching instructions for:Suggested Literature links - recommended Books to support the theme
- Artist model teaching slides
- Links to examples of artist's works for discussion
- Expressionist art slide
- Detailed instructions to create a student response
- Photographs of every step
- Examples of work in progress and completed
- Printable sheet for recording Student Voice reflection/ assessment of learning (2/pg. to save printing, print on B&W setting)
- ✅ What knowledge, techniques and skills will my students learn from this art tutorial?Gain knowledge about art theories, styles and movements
- Gain knowledge about art history
- Become familiar with artists and their work
- Follow a tutorial for guidance - listening skills, visual discrimination, sequencing
- Develop fine-motor & technical skills for using a range of art tools and media
- Respond to art created by artists and by other students
- Reflect on own knowledge, skills, progress and artwork - using the included student sheets
- ✅ That sounds great! So what about the Visual Art focus in this lesson?Introduced to the art elements of SHAPES & COLOR / COLOUR
- Explore the work of a Artists
- Observe & understand the Art World (Studio Habits)
- Build skills for observational & guided drawing
- Explore art making that expresses new learning
- Build skills for using art media
- Create a self portrait design in an expressionist Art style
- Stretch & Explore (Studio Habits)
- PLAN - compose line designs using patterns to create an original background
- Develop Craft, Engage & Persist, Express (Studio Habits)
- Reflect on personal development as an artist
- Reflect (Studio Habits)
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✅ Where can I find more art lessons like this one?
There are many other PORTRAIT RESOURCES in my store.
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