Unit: African Art
Grade Level: 4th-5th
Medium: Oil and Chalk Pastels
Suggested Time: 3 Class Periods
3A4 Students will exaggerate, distort, or simplify features to create an abstract portrait.
1A5 Students will create texture or surface quality using any drawing media.
Elements of Art: Line, Color, Space
Principles of Design: Movement, Contrast, Unity
Materials and Equipment: black construction paper, blue construction paper, glue, oil pastels, chalk pastels, pencils
General Vocabulary: distort, fragment, simplify
1. Introduce Pablo Picasso's Art work (show his first painting and other examples)
2. Students will create an abstract portrait
Students will create texture using oil and chalk pastels
3. Show the Pablo Picasso power point
-Talk about where he was born, what type of art he painted and how old he was when he painted his first painting
4. Demonstrate to the students how to draw the face
Demonstrate to the students how to draw the profile line down the middle
Demonstrate to the students ideas on how to make the portrait abstract
Demonstrate to the students how to trace the pencil outline with glue for chalk pastels
5. Have the students place heads on their desks and give a thumbs up or thumbs down to see if they are understanding
6. Have the students draw their abstract portrait with pencils on black paper
Have the students color the portrait with oil pastels
Have the students draw their abstract portrait with pencil on blue paper
Have the students trace the pencil outline on blue paper with glue
7. Assessment: Quiz
1. Where was Pablo Picasso born?
2. What type of art did he create?
3. What was Picasso's first painting?
4. What is something unique about Pablo Picasso's Painting?
5. How old was Pablo Picasso when he completed his first drawing?
For autism, have the students wear a medical glove with the chalk pastel. This will give the student an opportunity to shade and mix the chalk without them getting their hands dirty or touching a weird texture to them.
For gifted children, have the students add different things to their drawings. Let them use stickers, jewels, beads, glitter, anything that adds to the portrait, but doesn't take away from the oil or chalk pastels.