Art challenges us to view life from the perspective of the artist.
This was the central idea for this lesson. We looked at a self portrait by
Jacob Lawrence and analyzed the elements in order to interrpret the image. I demonstrated how to do a one line contour drawing which helps us focus on looking rather than remembering. Working with a partner the took turns drawing one another. The next class period we dicussed color theory and personality traits. Each student painted either their portrait or their models (they could choose) using color symbolically.