EXPRESS YOURSELF - Portrait Painting
MODULE: Painting | GRADE LEVELS: 1 - 6 | DURATION: 1 Hour
PROJECT 24 | 04.25.22
Video Editing by Jorge Davies, Graphics by Melissa Sabol
A self-portrait can communicate a great deal about your emotional state. For this project you will paint a portrait of your face (from the neck up) using paint, a brush, and cardboard. Your choice of colors, shapes, lines and brushstrokes will give clues to the viewer about how you are feeling at this moment.
WHY IT'S IMPORTANT
Offers an emotional outlet
Learn basic techniques to create facial features - eyes, nose, mouth,
See how slight change in a line or position of a shape
Use shapes, lines, colors, and brushstrokes to communicate information
Create a portrait that is more about how you feel than how you look
Emphasizes depicting inner feelings over replicating reality
Learn to create in the moment without planning
Cardboard Sheet (8 x 11)
Acrylic Paint (black, white & 3 colors)
Paint brushes (1 large & 1 small)
Jar of Water
1. PREPARE PAINT
Squeeze a blob of black paint onto paper plate “palette”.
Add a blob of white paint, being sure to leave space between colors.
Add three more colors of paint along the outside edge of the plate.
2. PAINT BACKGROUND
Using a large brush, paint the background using one or more colors to reflect how you feel.
Cover the entire area with paint. Try not to overmix the colors or it will turn a grey-brown. Use a little water to help spread the paint.
Allow a few minutes for the paint to dry.
3. OUTLINE FACE & ADD FEATURES
Using your small brush and black paint, to paint an oval that takes up most of the cardboard.
Select one or more of the examples to create facial features.
ARTISTS TO KNOW
Jean Michel Basquiat
Was a graffiti artist and a neo-expressionist painter. He earned a certain amount of fame from his graffiti art in New York in the 1970’s. He collaborated with artist Andy Warhol. Many books, collections of poems and films have been inspired by his work and his life.
Untitled, 1981, painting
Alexei von Jawlensky
Was a Russian expressionist painter who lived in Germany. He studied art at several art academies. He is known for his style of painting. His directional brush strokes, mystical subjects and his rich use of color. His works can still be seen in museums around the world.
Portrait of a Woman with Green Fan, 1912, painting
Pablo Picasso - paintings of Dora Maar
Was a Spanish painter, sculpture, printmaker and ceramicist. He lived most of his life in France. He is most famous for his many paintings. He painted in many different styles. Dora Maar was one of his expressionistic paintings. It sold at auction in 2006 for $95.2 million dollars.
Portrait of Dora Marr , 1937, painting
Background: the part of a painted or carved surface against which represented objects and forms are perceived or depicted; a portrait against a purple background.
Brushstroke: the marks made with a paintbrush, when applying paint to a canvas.
Emotion: any of the feelings of joy, sorrow, fear, hate, love, etc.
Expression: indication of feeling, spirit, character, etc., as on face, in the voice, or in artistic execution.
Facial Features: eyes, ears, nose, mouth, or any of the other distinctive qualities of a face like freckles, dimples, or beauty marks.
Gesture: a movement or position of the hand, arm, body, head, or face that is expressive of an idea, opinion or emotion.
Outline: the line by which a figure or object is defined or bound.
Portrait: a likeness of a person, especially of the face, as in a painting, drawing, or photograph.
Self Portrait: a likeness of a person, especially of the face, as in a painting, drawing, or photograph, created by the subject of the portrait.