Fourth Grade artists are painting their self portraits. We looked at several of Henri Matisse's portraits and talked about his use of simple stylized lines in the people's faces, as well as his extensive use of pattern in the backgrounds behind the people. In one portrait alone we counted fourteen different patterns! Students carefully drew their faces using proportion. We talked about facial proportions and measured with rulers to correctly place the eyes, ears, mouth, nose, and eyebrows. Then students drew five or six patterns in the background.
Students had the most fun adding the brightly colored paints. Last we added oil pastel for fine details in the background.
Check out the finished portraits with oil pastel details here at our online museum at Artsonia!