Term: 1 Year: 2008
This portrait exercise is an effective way to engage students in drawing, shading and blending colour. It begins
with a Design Brief which challenges students to create an animal alter-ego for a human being, blending the two faces
into a seamless transition. It provides an excellent medium for explicit teaching of facial proportions, and
detail, and for modelling dry pastel technique.
Students are provided with a design Brief and a set of A3 photocopied faces. They are invited to look at the faces,
discuss them and brainstorm what possible animal alter-ego each person may have.
The Creative process is then discussed and a graphic organiser of this process is provided to each student to lead
them through a series of sequential steps which may take up to 6 weeks to complete:
- Design Brief
- Discussion and Brainstorm
- Internet research to find an appropriate face for the animal of choice
- Design drawings in the Visual Art Diary with explicit teaching of facial proportions
- Modelling and Experimentation with dry pastel technique
- Inlarging face design onto white cardboard
- Colour and blend using dry pastel
- Mount and frame completed artwork
- Complete a self – evaluation sheet.
The Design Brief, Metacognition Sheet, Self Evaluation Sheet and Graphic Organiser of the Creative Process accompany
this lesson plan.
Haileybury College Brighton
Suitable for Grade
Prep and Level 5