Third Grade Self Portraits in “Blue” and “Rose”

Third graders learned about the artist Pablo Picasso, comparing his blue period to his rose period. They then created portraits of themselves in the style of each period, utilizing color and facial expression to convey emotion.

Students began each painting with a rough underpainting. Then they projected photographs of themselves onto the underpaintings and traced the projections with oil pastels. Details were added with the addition of more paint and pastel. Through this process, the underpainting functions as an element of chance; The projection never quite matching up to the underpainting breaks with conventional approaches to portraiture and in many cases emphasizes the artwork’s emotive qualities.

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