Jul 25, 2012

Back to School Stick Portrait

Drawing stick people is usually a no-no for older students that are capable of doing more, but I’m thinking it might be fun to make them a starting point for this self-portrait, and level the playing field, so to speak, for the first art class of the year.
1. Students draw themselves in the simplest form, lines for arms and legs, simple shapes for clothes.
2. The lines are traced with a black Sharpie, and traced again to make them thick.
3. Students use a crayon to color in zig-zag format around the entire body. The process is repeated with a different color until the paper is filled up. The inside body is to remain white to create contrast with the background.


Melissa said...

I love the look of that! I may have my first graders try this. They would be so cute to hang around the room.

momlovestosing said...

This is a wonderful and fun lesson. I made my own portrait with my children making theirs. We didn't add faces and kept the figures as simple as possible.

(May favorite is that it only requires paper and pencils. I'm not a fan of having paint flailing around my house - haha!)

Take a look at our own projects: http://thesleppys.com/blog/2012/09/06/nice-good-clean-art/

Anonymous said...

Loved this project! I did it today with my Grade 4/5/6 class and they all turned out fantastic! We worked in a bit of colour theory review when working on the background, as well! Thank you so much for your fantastic blog and projects. Art used to be my least favorite thing to teach; now I am excited to see how you projects turn out with my guys. Thanks for helping me be a more enthusiastic teacher!

Kathy Barbro said...

Thanks, whoever you are! Kudos for you to being open to try new ideas. I bet you're a great teacher because of it.

Wishing you a great school year,


Baby supplies said...

Initially when I watch this image I thought it is very difficult but after watching the process of doing this I found it quite easy.