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Leonardo da Vinci was fascinated with faces. Students view faces like Leonardo drew in preparation for making original self-portraits.
Leonardo was fascinated with human idiosyncrasies, and filled notebooks with his sketches of facial features. You can use Leonardo's observational techniques to inspire self-portraits. Students view their own faces in mirrors. Ask them to think about something that makes them really happy. You'll see a smile forming, and all of the changes in faces that accompany the smile: cheeks rise, and eyes may close slightly, creating laugh lines. These lines, which extend down from one's nose on either side of the mouth, will deepen, and dimples may form. What other changes can be seen?
Ask students to think about something that elicits a sad emotion. How does the facical expression change? Challenge students to try making faces that show other emotions, such as surprise or indignation.
On white paper, students use Crayola® Ultra-Clean Markers to draw their faces showing one of the experimental emotions. As students look at their reflections in the mirrors, have them draw so what them see, keeping focused on facial details.
Students color their portraits with Crayola Crayons.
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