This lesson is always a hit! Students look at pictures of owls and create a portrait of an owl of their choice. It ties in with their owl unit in science where they dissect owl pellets and learn about owls.
Grade One students at my new school did not have chalk pastels available so we did these with oil pastel. They are still lovely. I always enjoy seeing the personalities of each owl come through.
The teachers in Grade 5 had asked me to do a South West lesson they had seen on the Artsonia website. I could not find the lesson so this is what I did with the grade five students.
Students looked at images from our Southwest National Parks-Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde, Canyon Lands, Arches, etc. Some students chose to replicate the images they saw, others took a more creative approach.
We talked about the landscape and the features they might want to include. They used black crayon to outline the images and filled in with chalk pastel.
A tri-fold project done by a student is where I got the idea for this lesson. In the hallway of our school is a tri-fold board with the word “patriot” on it. I see it every day as I leave the staff room.
For this lesson, students drew a self-portrait in chalk pastel as if they were an early American patriot or colonist.
Students in grade 5 learned about John Copley and Charles Peale both portrait artist during our country’s early years. The students looked at portraits by these artists as well as pictures of colonial clothing, hats and wigs.
We talked about the basics of facial proportion, eye shape, drawing hair, etc. Many of them have done self portraits with me in the past so it was review. For those who have not had me for art, I spent time as I could with them individually.