The lego-style self-portrait project is a fun two-day lesson that is great for pretty much all elementary grade-levels!
I began by talking to my students about what a self-portrait is (an artistic self-representation that an artist creates of themselves) and then looked at a variety of famous artist's self-portraits. One of the big ideas I wanted my students to take away from looking at all the famous examples, was that very often an artist's self-portrait is very reflective of his or her personal style.
For example, Vincent VanGogh used the same type of iconic brushstrokes in his self-portrait as he used in a wide variety of his other paintings (like "Starry Night").
|Self-portrait of Vincent VanGogh|
|"Starry Night" by Vincent VanGogh|
Artist Joan Miro used a similar abstracted surrealist style in his self-portrait much like the style he used in his other paintings.
|Self-portrait of Joan Miro|
|Joan Miro, "Carnival of Harlequin" (1924)|
So when it came time for my students to create their self-portraits, I wanted them to work in a style that reflected their personal interests - and thus the lego self-portrait project began!
As much as I HATE giving students a template to work from, I thought it was necessary in this case (due to time constraints and personal frustration levels) for them to have a framework to build off of, so I gave them a printout of a blank lego person to put under their papers that they could see through to build off of. The examples below were pulled from my 3rd and 4th grade classes that I had this week.
|Future lego self-portrait? I don't remember teaching Mr. Rogers. :)|