The idea for this project came, as you can tell from the title of the post, from the Timbuk 3 song "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades." I thought the students would like the twist of adding sunglasses since there are SO many different styles of sunglasses! I don't think I will do this project with 6th grade again, it was not fun. I talked to other art teachers who told me they don't even attempt realistic self portraits with 6th grade because they are getting to be so self conscious that their attitudes stink when you do a project like this. I wish someone would have told me that ahead of time! The project was supposed to take 3 class periods but I had to add a 4th because they were DRAGGING. These pictures are not the truest representation since I pretty much only photographed artwork that I have permission to post on Artsonia.
During the first class period, I tried to show the students the music video for the song on YouTube. For some reason, the sound on my new projector didn't want to cooperate that day so we only watched a few seconds of it. If you want to watch the video, here's the link! It's kinda fun. After the projector failed me, we spent half the class going over facial proportions. I always make the students measure with their hands on their own heads or they never believe that their eyes are in the middle of their heads, for example. After the proportion discussion and my demonstration of drawing realistic facial features instead of symbols for them, the students started drawing with pencil. In the next class, I demonstrated applying color. I let the students choose colored pencils or oil pastels and they started after everything was laid out in graphite. In the next class, I demonstrated adding shadows. It ended up working really well to add shadows and the small details with colored pencil even if the students started with oil pastels. I always feel better to look at the artwork as a group after I've been frustrated with the project but I still don't plan on doing it again. Just wanted to share the results!
This student asked if he could do a TMNT mask instead of glasses and I thought it was a fun idea!
This student decided to make his face green at first. I have no idea why.
I was really impressed with this portrait, the student achieved a good likeness.