Modigliani Portrait

Modigliani portraitModigliani portrait diagramI’ve done this Modigliani portrait with hundreds of 4th graders over the years.
I always marvel at how it seems to ease up student’s tendency to get fussy with their drawings. The thick lines and unusual proportions just seem to make everything look good, and very Modigliani-esque.

 

DIRECTIONS
PREP: Cut the large black paper to 8″ x 18″ panels.
1. Fold the paper in half three times to make 8 equal sections as shown. Draw a head, neck and body as shown on the diagram.
2. Draw hair around the head as needed.
3. Modigliani drew his faces in stretched proportions as the eyes usually sit in the middle of the face. Draw your eyes near the top of the head, and the mouth near the bottom. Continue with a nose and eyebrows.
4. With a black oil pastel, trace the pencil lines using a lot of pressure to make a thick line. Fill in the skin, hair and clothes with more pastel. If some of the black lines get covered up, trace all again when complete.

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6 Responses

  1. Katie
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    I did this on Friday with my sixth graders. It turned out so fabulous! You have inspired me to study an artist a week! Thank you!

  2. Maria
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    Wow, I love this!!! Will for sure be doing this with my kids – thanks!!!

  3. Tisha Smith
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    This was a great lesson, and my students loved it….just posted it earlier this week w/ link:) thanks, Tisha

  4. Mommymita
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    I love these projects!

    I couldn’t see a contact button so wanted to ask you if crayola pastels would work okay for your murals. We just purchased the blue horse and will hang it in my daughter’s room but Micheal’s did not have the portfolio brand pastels so we ended up getting the crayola – should I look around for the other ones before we start?

    Thanks
    Alison

  5. The Zookeeper
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    I love this lesson. I did this with 3rd grade and was amazed at the results!
    Kathy Schaefer

  6. Irene
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    Really?!5Th Grade?! Amazing!!!

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