The human face and figure can be among the most challenging things to render. For the past few months the 7th grade has been practicing! First, the students were guided in drawing a generic face with proportion. This was followed up with a one day self-portrait done in pencil. We moved on to the figure and the students were guided in drawing a person with proportion. In another class, figures were drawn in various active positions using basic shapes.
Finally, they were asked to create an artwork of their choice using the human face or figure with proportion. How this was interpreted was up to them. I asked the class to look to other artists or styles they like, consider self-portraits or portraits of people they know, apply the project to issues they are passionate about, or just focus on materials and go from there. Students used paper maché, acrylic paint on canvas board, tempera paint on paper, watercolor, pencil, marker, collage, and glitter. Here are some of the finished pieces. They are varied, expressive and thought provoking.