Grade 3/4 students have been learning about Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani and analysing the key characteristics of his portraits.
The students discussed how he used basic shapes and painted long, oval faces with stretched out necks. They also observed how the eyes, noses and mouths in Modigliani’s portraits are not positioned in the ‘right’ place.
Students used a photograph of themselves as inspiration to draw a self-portrait in the style of Modigliani. They worked with oil pastels or soft pastels to add blocks of colour and finished off their work with a black outline just like Modigliani so often did.
Such a fun activity. I love teaching this Unit of work to Grade 3/4. The kids seem to find it interesting and different and they are not afraid to have a go at drawing themselves in this quirky style. I think they enjoy the fact that these portraits are out of proportion and a bit unusual.