Visual Arts 10 - Self-portrait unit

The portrait project is to help beginners learn the basics of observational drawing.

Learning about drawing

All Self-portrait unit booklets
Presentations (for 1¼ hour classes)
Skill builders:
  1. Introduction
  2. Drawing skills day 1: Draw a Hand #1, art development, and Igor Stravinsky
  3. Drawing skills day 2: Creativity #1, Draw a hand #2, angles of The Woodcutter
  4. Drawing skills day 3: Creativity #2, Drawing skill-builder: Angles of The Woodcutter
  5. Drawing skills day 4: Taking good selfies, Pears
  6. Drawing skills day 5: Parts of the face I
  7. Drawing skills day 6: Creativity: Portrait backgrounds, Parts of the face II
  8. Drawing skills day 7: Creativity: Hair textures
  9. Drawing skills day 8: Gargoyles and half portraits
  10. Drawing skills day 9: Finish practicing and start the project
Making the portrait:
  1. Portrait day 1: Intro, and Tut v. Terracotta
  2. Portrait day 2: Ancient Greek and Roman art
  3. Portrait day 3: Medieval Art
  4. Portrait day 4: Class discussion of Jan van Eyck
  5. Portrait day 5: Observing the Arnolfini Portrait
  6. Portrait day 6: Teacher feedback
  7. Portrait day 7: Goal-setting
  8. Portrait day 8: Last day, Formal intro to Depth Drawing


Portrait examples from previous semesters: presentation

Portrait evaluation and building skills step-by-step handout versions
Self-portrait goal-setting handout versions
Self-portrait midway teacher feedback handout versions