This was definitely a favorite of mine from this year. We studied portraits in 3rd grade and looked at artwork by Georges Rouault. He is well known for his paintings looking similar to stained-glass because he apprenticed under a stained glass artist before becoming a painter. His artwork is characterized by heavy, dark lines. He was also well known for painting portraits of royal figures and jesters. Here’s what they did:
Day 1: Students looked at pictures for inspiration and then drew a king, queen, or jester. After drawing with pencil on black paper they then re-drew the portrait with liquid glue.
Day 2: Students practiced combing colors using chalk pastels and then colored in their portraits using these new color blending skills.
Day 3: Continue coloring
Day 4: After they were done coloring, students had been using a manilla sheet of paper as their “folder” to keep their artwork from messing anyone else’s up (chalk pastels are MESSY!). They left the art in the folder, and then did a crayon rubbing. I don’t think I took any photos of this part of the process, but the rubbings turned out pretty cool because of all the glue!
Here are their masterpieces!
I just love this project!