Palatable Portraits: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: High School Art Education Lesson Plan

Art Elements: Line and Shape

Art Skills: Digital Photography, Composition, Rendering

Art History: Pop Art, Realism

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Kids always love creating portraits of themselves and their friends. As a teacher, however, I get tired of seeing (and teaching) the same straight-ahead, centered-composition, no-background selfies and portraits. So how do we get away from those portraits? How do we do something different?

It’s actually pretty simple–add a new element to the portrait. Instead of a boring blank stare from your subject, get the subject busy with something; in this case, they will be eating or drinking. This addition will make the portrait more exciting for your students, more interesting for the viewer, and most likely an all-around better piece of art.

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