This was a project that I snagged from Cassie Stephens. You can check out her details here.
To start off the year, third grade learned about the pop artist, Romero Britto. Romeo's work also draws upon influences from cubism. His work typically shows a picture that has been divided up into many shapes by bold black lines. then within all those shapes, she adds bright colors and patterns. he is a very popular artist at the moment, having made work for many large events such as: the Super Bowl, World Cup, Olympics, and Disney.
I always start off the year with my third graders by making self portraits. I do this because I like to show students how much they can grow over the course of one project. I typically give them five minutes to draw the best self portrait that they can without any instruction. Afterwards, I give them a crash course in facial proportions, teaching them where things belong on your face. With this information, they begin to redraw their self portrait while keeping this new information in mind.
After drawing their self portraits, they use a Sharpie to outline everything and then erase their pencil line. Then they divide their paper into different sections by drawing lines across it. Then they are expected to add patterns in each section of the background. They are also encouraged to add some patterns to their hair. After everything has been drawn, sharpie'd, and erased, then they used plastic crayons to fill in their artwork.