Global Influences Abstract Self Portrait Drawings

Here are my fifth grade students finishing up their global influences self-portrait drawings. On the last day of this unit, some students are working to complete their self portrait drawings, while others who have already finished using iPads to photograph their finished work and upload to Google Drive, while others are logging into Google Classroom via laptop to submit their completed work and complete their artist statements. IMG_0055

I originally saw this idea on NCHS Art-Elmore, Ms. Brown’s Art,  Lessons from the K-12 Art Room.  I thought this would be a great fit for my fifth graders as an introduction to our grade level big idea of Globalization. We spent some time talking about where artists get their inspiration, and how artists symbolize these influences in their work. We viewed and discussed artwork by Giuseppe Arcimboldo and Octavio Ocampo, as well as contemporary artists Nikki Rosatto, and Pat Perry. Students brainstormed categories of influence, selected five categories that were relevant to themselves, then sketched objects or ideas that fit into each of their personally selected categories.5th global influences profile portrait 2015165th global influences profile portrait 201516Next I photographed students in profile so that they could trace their basic profile outline from a photograph printed in black and white on 11×17 paper on the copier. I also demonstrate a variety of marker drawing techniques including layering colors, hatching, crosshatching, and stippling to create value.5th global influences profile portrait 2015165th global influences profile portrait 201516Students worked on their drawings for three one-hour class periods. Some of my favorite solutions to this artmaking challenge included students who chose an original profile pose that added to the expressive quality of their drawing, revealing even more about their personalities than the more traditional silhouette poses. I love that this lesson gives students the framework and confidence to  create a self portrait drawing while leaving room for students to express themselves in original ways. Each of the drawings turns out unique and is a great illustration of the student who created it.5th global influences profile portrait 2015165th global influences profile portrait 201516

Art Teacher Field Trip: Robert Irwin’s All the Rules Will Change at the Hirschhorn Museum

What do art teachers do on the weekends? Take their kids to art museums of course! Actually, considering our close proximity to the nation’s capital and a plethora of museums and galleries, I don’t think I do this nearly enough. These photos are from September 4th, our final summer art adventure before school started. We went to the Hirschhorn to see Robert Irwin: All the Rules Will Change before it closed. It was fun talking about art and what makes something a painting with my ex-art teacher best friend, her mom, and my son. My favorite was the giant scrim that created a false wall/optical illusion in the iconic circular building. We also enjoyed speculating about the number of markers it took to complete Linn Meyers Our View From Here. My son’s favorite piece was “Still Life with Spirit and Xitle” by Jimmie Durham which was located outside, before we even entered the museum.

Art Teacher Field Trip: Fiber National at the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center

A couple of my favorite artworks currently on display in the Fiber National 2016 show at the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center.  Mending Gold: Careful Attention by Brooks Stevens. This reminded me so much of working in my mother’s alterations show and really tugged at my heartstrings.

I also loved the collaborative concept in Windchimes, a group work by Christine Adams, Annabel Ebersole, Lisa Ellis, Paula Golden, Sandi Goldman, Barbara Hollinger, Bunnie Jordan, Vivian Mulholen, Carole Nicholas, and Ricki Selva.

If you are local, check it out. The Workhouse Arts Center is an amazing opportunity to see a wide variety of artwork on exhibit, as well as to tour studios and see artists at work.