Conceptual Basis for Lesson:
Using Sculpey clay, students will utilize hand-building techniques in order to create a self portrait pen topper. This project is an introduction to self-portraits for students and working with clay. A good way to begin to get to know students, it is ideal for 4th and 5th graders.
Various examples of self-portraits both drawn and in ceramic (Greek & Roman busts).
Art & Other Materials:
paper, pencils, colored Sculpey clay, clay tools, Bic Round Stic (white body) pens-1 per student, ink & tips removed until after baking, mirrors or photographs of students
- Self-portrait: A picture/drawing/photograph done of a person by that person
- Proportion: The size relationship between one part of the whole and one part of another.
- Realistic: Looking true to life
Students may also need clay vocabulary depending on how much knowledge they have of clay.
Motivation For Lesson:
Students begin lesson by drawing a self-portrait. They either use mirrors or photographs of themselves as references. Before starting, it is helpful to have a class discussion about portraits/self-portraits and viewing the works of selected artists. The teacher also points out/discusses tips with students about portrait drawing:
- Shape of the head: Pay attention to the shape of their head/face. Is it round? Is it heart-shaped? More square-shaped?
- Eyes: Generally the eyes are placed just above the center "middle" of the head.
- Nose: The top of the nose is even with the top of the eyes, while the bottom of the nose is about halfway between the bottom of the chin and the top of the eyes. The bottom of the nose is the same width as the space between the eyes.
- Ears: The ears are between the top of the eyes and the bottom of the nose.
- Mouth: The mouth is almost as wide as the distance between the pupils of the eyes.