Art for Stars

Neabsco Elementary Mrs. Fortune

- Alternative Portraits!

Welcome Stars!!

Hello Stars!

Welcome to my S’mores lesson page with art lessons and fun activities you can do at home. You will learn about a theme and create as many artworks as you wish!

Don’t forget to send me a picture of your creation at

. Don’t forget to check the inspiration section at the bottom with cool and different ideas for being creative with the theme of the week.

And families, you are always welcome to create art along with your student!

*** LEARN ***

Alternative Style Portraits

The word alternative means "other possibilities".......

We learned last week that a portrait is an artwork that shows a person. A Self- Portrait is when an artist paints themselves. You will see that there are many types and styles of portraits and they can be made from many different mediums.

Some portraits look just like the person they portray. This is called realistic. in 'the last lesson you learned about facial proportion and how to make a realistic portrait. In this lesson we will learn about portraits that may not look much like a person at all or alternative style portraits. Each artist has their own style. Portraits can be 2-dimensional - photographs, paintings, prints, collage, mosaic, or 3-dimensional as in carvings, sculpture, reliefs, and assemblages.

Below are some non-realistic and non-traditional portraits. Read and think about how the artist changed their portrait into a different style other than realistic. Notice the different mediums the artists use. Click on the pictures to enlarge.

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso invented an artistic style called cubism. This made him very famous. The first cubist paintings looked like someone broke the paintings up into cubes and stuck them back together. That's how the style got its name. He changed cubisim over his life, making it more colorful and by moving eyes, noses, and mouths around on the face.

Learn more about Picasso in the videos section.

Amedeo Modigliani

Amedeo Modigliani created portraits in a style That was part of the Expressionist movement. He came up with his style of Expressionism after studying African masks. His portraits are known for their long faces and necks. They also have small eyes that sometimes are all one color.

Learn more about Modigliani in the video section!

More portrait styles

Your Turn to Create!!!

General Directions:

All artwork can be drawn using any drawing utensil- pencil, crayon, marker - but a pencil is best to use first if you can.

Draw Large!!! Fill the space of your page, no matter the size.

Remember to DRAW LIGHTLY so you can erase if needed!!! Draw light 'til you get it right!

If you want to add color, use any medium you have at home- crayon, marker, paint, etc.

**Please use good craftsmanship when coloring! Color solidly and carefully.**

This week we are making Alternative Portraits.

Don't forget to send a picture of your artwork to Mrs. Fortune at

And most importantly, HAVE FUN!

Project Choices

Create an Alternative Portrait

This week's project is super easy: Create a portrait!! It can be realistic or you can use the artwork above or below for inspiration! You may use the draw-along lessons, or come up with your own! Draw, paint, sculpt, use found objects...even food!

Make sure you check out the inspiration section!

Don't forget to send a pic of your artwork to

Draw a Modigliani Style Portrait

Big picture

Draw a Cubist Portrait

Big picture

Video Lessons and More!

Below you will find several types of videos...and more!

There are draw-along videos you can use to create a cityscape of your own. Some go quickly. You may pause them as you need so you have time to draw.

There are read-alouds for you to enjoy
HOW TO DRAW a Picasso Portrait -"I Can Draw That!"
How to draw a portrait Modigliani Style.
Found Object Art: Plate Faces

Learn about the Artist Modigliani

Art with Mati and Dada - Amedeo Modigliani | Kids Animated Short Stories in English

Read-Alouds - Picasso

Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists - Pablo Picasso

Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail

Inspiration for Creation!

More ideas for creating your portrait.... You don't have to follow a draw along. You can be creative!

Past Lessons

Did you miss a lesson? Want to learn more? Click below for past lessons.....

Landscapes -

Cityscapes -

Seascapes -

Portraits-Realistic -

Keep in Touch!

Don't hesitate to email me with any questions, give feedback on lessons, or even if you just want to say hello.

I love and miss you all.

Don't forget to send a picture of your creations. I can't wait to see what you're making!

Dena Fortune, Art Specialist