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1st graders are currently working on their self portraits inspired by the author and illustrator, Todd Parr. First we read "The Feelings Book" by Todd Parr. As a class we spoke about different emotions and how the facial features would change according to those feelings. The students were then prompted to write down the emotion they were feeling at that moment in the sentence.."Sometimes I feel (like).." The students were then guided in a self portrait drawing, creating a face with an emotion compatible with the sentence they wrote. (i.e. sad face for upset, happy face for sad, straight mouth for angry etc.) We also discussed what the words style and abstract meant since we were creating a self portrait in the style of an artist. Todd Parr creates very distinguishable portraits with heavy black outlines and colors that do not represent real life. He also does not draw noses and his mouths and eyes are simplified into black dots as eyes and lines for mouths.
Learning objectives: How to create an abstract self-portrait in the style of an artist. The students are also learning how to use line and color to create a simplified portrait according to a certain mood or emotion. And lastly listening to guided instruction.
Abstract: doesn't look like anything in real life.
Self-portrait: a drawing or painting of oneself.
Style: a manner of creating art or design in a particular, distinguishable form.