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September 2018

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 21 Collage and Chalk Pastels After the printed papers were com- pleted and dry, students began work- ing on the self-portraits. They used c olored paper to make the head, neck, and ears. Their printed papers were then cut and added to the bot - tom of the neck as the shirt. Extra s craps of printed paper were saved for later use. U sing chalk pastels, students next drew the features of the face onto their heads and added shading to the face and neck. This was the most challenging part for students. If they used the wrong color or pushed too hard with the chalk, the shading on the face was emphasized too much and needed to be lightened with an eraser. Eyes made from cut paper were glued and colored pencil was used for the irises. Three-Step Hair Lastly, the hair was created with cut paper in a three-step process. First, students measured, drew, and cut out the "front" part of their hair, such as sideburns and bangs. Second, students drew and cut the "back" of the hair, which completed the look of their hairstyles. For the third step, students cut out smaller pieces of paper and glued them on to capture the texture of their hair. The more pieces of smaller paper that they cut and pasted, the more realistic the hair became. Embellishment Remember the extra paper saved from the stamp-printed designs? This is where that paper comes into play. Students had the option to cut and paste accessories on their self- portraits. This included items such as glasses, earrings, hairbands, and bows. I was super impressed with the final works of art by my student art - ists. They truly captured themselves t hrough this printmaking/collage art experience. Michael Van Meter is an art educator at Bushy Park Elementary School in Ellicott City, Maryland. mike_van_meter@hcpss.org N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Connecting: Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context. W E B L I N K S www.youtube.com/ watch?v=BOmLIlPUyC0 www.poppytalk.com/2011/11/guest- tutorial-by-ruth-bleakley-this.html Materials • 3 x 12" (8 x 30 cm) sheets of white drawing paper, one per student • 3 x 12" pieces of foam board, one per student • pencils • masking tape • 9 x 12" (23 x 30 cm) colored construction paper • scissors • newspaper (to cover tables) • water-based paint or ink • brayers • chalk pastels As we began the unit of stud , we looked at printmaking artists from Ghana, West Africa, who use stamps made from gourds to print s mbols onto fabric. Below: Jihoon K., patterned self-portrait. Bottom-right: Patterned self-portraits from students Luke M., Caroline T., and Jihoon K.

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