Marker Self-Portrait

This is similar to some earlier marker and canvas art, but this is the first time I had students trace photos of their faces in a larger size. I love it!
1. For the first class, the students primed their 5"x7" canvas and I took a digital photo of them in front of a white wall. At home, I scaled the photos to fit a 5" x 7" size and printed them out on plain white paper. The photos were tapes to a matching piece of carbon paper, and then to a piece of dry wax paper (purchased at food supply stores).
2. In class, the students used a pencil to trace the edges of their faces. No shadows, only line art. The drawing lines will transfer to the wax paper. When the drawing is done, they can remove the photo and carbon paper. The entire drawing is traced and colored with permanent markers. I like the BIC brand as they have lots of skin tones in their large pack.
4. Set up a glue station with a 50/50 solution of white glue and water. The students apply the solution generously to their canvases AND to the backs of their portraits. Both sides need to be wet or else wrinkles will appear. A final coat of solution is also brushed over the top.
This art was created in an afterschool class by a 4th grader.
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Finish the Picture #2

This is what another student did last week with my “Finish the Picture” project. She started with a fashion magazine photo, and made this very stylish image.
1. Students start by cutting out a small magazine picture, one that inspires them. A glue stick was used to attach the photo to a piece of watercolor paper.
2. The students are to “finish the picture” first with a pencil, and then color it in with watercolor pencils. (Prismacolor® pencils were used for this drawing.) Water is painted carefully over the colored areas, which turns the pencil into paint.
This picture was created by a creative 5th grader.
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Wolf Face Template

Click on the image above and drag to your desktop. Print with the “Scale to Fit Media” setting.
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Kid’s Art from Arizona

I’m happy announce a new feature on my home page called “Kid’s Art Gallery”. I’m getting some really great photos of artwork inspired from my blog, and would love to share them with you. A new photo with school and teacher credit will go up each week. Please send images to be considered to my email address.
amazing “Wild Things” art comes from Mrs. DuBord’s Pre-K Class, American Luther Preschool in Prescott, AZ. Thanks Mrs. DuBord!
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Class Self-Portrait Collage

This mural, a collage of all my 5th grade students and their teachers, brought lots of "oohs” and “aahs” at my school’s silent auction last night. I don’t know who had more fun, the kids tracing and coloring their pictures or me pasting it together to see the final effect.
1. I started with a gesso-covered 36" x 48" stretched canvas. I determined that each student could have a rectangle about 3" x 5.33", and drew a grid accordingly with a light pencil.
2. I fortunately had digital head shots from all the students from a previous project. I scaled each down to fit in the determined rectangle size and printed them out in black and white. Each photo was taped to a piece carbon paper, and then both attached to a piece of dry wax paper. (You can find this at Smart & Final stores, or shop online here.) When the students traced their faces with a sharp pencil, the carbon lines transferred to the dry wax paper. The outer rectangle frame was traced also.The photo and carbon paper were removed when the tracing was complete.
3. My students used lots of Bic markers, which include some great skin tones. I advised them to color the in the large background areas first, such as their face color, hair and clothes. Lastly, the details of the face were traced with a very thin black Sharpie.
4. After cutting out all the finished rectangles, mix white glue with water to thin down. Brush the back of each paper portrait generously with the solution, along with the designated space on the canvas. Place and smooth with more glue solution on top. Continue until the portraits are in place. A spray sealer may be added after all the glue is dry.
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