Smashing Faces: Free Lesson Plan Download
Level: High School Art Education Lesson Plan
Art Elements: Shape and Value
Art Skills: Photo, Drawing
Making Connections: Artist Ana Mendieta
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Do you have a window? Do you have a camera?
Do you have students and a teacher willing to look incredibly ridiculous, have that look captured forever, and turned into a drawing for everyone to see?
If you answered yes to all of these questions, you’re ready to try the Smashed Face Portrait Project. Kids love this project because it’s a little bit out of the ordinary and a lot of fun. I love this project because it’s simple to teach yet intriguing and motivating for my students. It’s not much more than smashing faces, taking pictures, and turning those pictures into quality drawings; the results, however, can be fantastic.
If you decide to give this a try, it may help to see one of Ana Mendieta’s smashed portraits as well as my students demonstrating a few examples of high-level face smashing techniques.
The Straight Smash
The Side Smash
The Straight Smash with Slide
The Side Smash with Slide