Task Self Portraits 2013

Project: Task Self Portrait

Description: To add interest to an otherwise common portrait assignment, I had students take photographs of themselves doing a daily task (brushing teeth, eating, combing hair, etc). They then had to draw from photograph a portrait of themselves.


1. Students brings in photograph that is large, clear, and task driven- 20 points

2. Drawing must resemble the photograph

3. Shading to look realistic, must include dark shadows, mid-tones, and hi-lights made with an eraser- 20 points

4. Interesting background to enhance the portrait-20 points

5. Care, Effort and Good work Habits- 20 points

Student Work:

photo 1 (3)

Martin T, 8th grade,

photo 2 (4)

Rana M, 8th grade, “Cup Of Tea”, Fall 2013

photo 3 (3)

Jamie H, 8th grade, “Snap”, fall 2013


Courtney N, 7th grade, “Beach Time”, Fall 2013

photo 4 (3)

Lindsey L, 8th grade, “Eveing Icecream”, Fall 2013


Mannequin Watercolors

Project Title: Mannequin Watercolors


watercolor Paper, drawing pencils, watercolors, crayon, and charcoal sticks


Students learn about figures and proportion by drawing mannequins. They will draw the mannequins, create a wax resist around the outlines of the mannequins, and then using watercolor and charcoal to add visual interest.


1. Student draws five mannequins on a page (at least one whole one)- 20 points

2. Correct proportion of mannequin parts and rendering Р20 points

3. Interesting Composition – 20 points

4. Correct use of materials (watercolors must be transparent layers-not opaque, charcoal must be used to enhance and not overwhelm the art piece, and crayon resist must be thick heavy lines)- 20 points

5. care/Effort, and good work habbits – 20 points

Student Work:

photo 2

Bella E, 8th grade, 2013

photo 3

Meaghan H, 8th grade, 2013

photo 1

Meghan S, 8th grade, 2013

photo 4