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Focus on clothing, body language, and expression as you portray people in the realistic style of American portraitist John Singer Sargent.
John Singer Sargent was an American artist considered to be the leading portrait painter of his generation. He used a minimal background to showcase his model. Invite student groups to research information about his artistic life, professional career, travel, and powerful painting style. Organize a variety of resources for students to engage with during this research.
When research is complete, suggest students collect magazine pictures of people in the uniform of their profession or favorite activity, such as a doctor, politician, or skateboarder. Look closely at the clothing these people wear. Discuss how does their body language relate to their career or activity. Have each student select one person as the subject of his painting.
On construction paper, use Crayola® Construction Paper™ Crayons to begin your portrait, including details such as hair and facial features. Include visual hints about the model in their clothing, pose, and gestures.
Students cover a work area with recycled newspaper. Use Crayola Washable Paint to finish portraits. In Sargent's style, include a simple, color field background to highlight the portrait. Dry on a flat surface.
Provide time in the school day for individual students to present their portrait paintings to small groups of classmates. During the presentations, encourage students to describe how they incorporated Sargent's style into their artwork.
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