Art Lesson Mona Lisa Observation and Self-Portrait

Art Lesson Mona Lisa Observation and Self-Portrait

It can be used by Homeschool, 1st through 4th grade students.

This includes: Cover, Credits, Copyright, PDF and 8 + covers

This art lesson covers art history and appreciation, as well as portrait and landscape drawing. The lesson begins by students being placed in small groups and discussing the Mona Lisa. Following instructions, they will draw their own self portraits and include a backdrop.

Students will also learn about average and standard proportions of the human face in this lesson.

Two other lessons are included in the bundle: Mona Lisa Observation & Self-Portrait

In Art lessons with faces

These art lessons include the following:

A list of skills and concepts in art

– materials list

– Targeted art, and the related vocabulary

Step-by-step instructions for teaching the lesson

Art discussion and ideas

Step-by-step instructions for art-making

Ideas to extend or modify the lessons

Ideas to connect the activity with other curriculum areas

A suggestion to write an extension

Photographs of student work are available for your reference

plus…How to Draw Faces It also offers face-drawing tips and other useful information. Drawing a human face: It illustrates and describes the placement of facial features within portraits. Printable oval templateYou can also use the Self-Portrait Art Activity for an optional purpose.

Other items: Informational text reading/response printings

• About Leonardo da Vinci – informational text artist biography

• Thinking about Leonardo da Vinci – a “draw and write” response worksheet

This lesson teaches art appreciation and artist behavior. It also fosters authentic art-making.

The National Core Visual Arts Standards will be listed at the start of each lesson.

The listed grade levels can only be used as a guideline. Any of the lessons may be modified or simplified to suit any grade.

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A retired teacher in elementary school, I’m also an artist, writer, and former teacher of art. I have a Multiple Subjects credential, a Single Subject credential for Art and English, LDS/ESL certification, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Mathematics focus, and Montessori certification. All elementary grades were covered, as well as special students such as ELL, GATE and at-risk. Share2Learn resources and lessons are intended to inspire creativity in students, encourage independence and promote authentic art making. The teacher’s individuality and developmental ability are taken into account. Therefore, instructions and expectations are vague, student pages are left blank, clipart is limited, and teacher individuality is not considered.


Conditions of use:

You are allowed to use the copy in a single classroom. This includes any homeschool classes. An additional license can be purchased at a lower price. The electronic distribution of the material is restricted to a single classroom. The public and/or online display of this resource is not permitted. This resource should not be published on school or district websites. Please do not give away my work. 


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The ability to integrate standards and core material into your lessons is so useful. It makes me feel at ease teaching art, knowing that even if it takes me too long to cover another topic, I will be covered.

This project was done for an open house. These results were incredible. It was a great experience for students to create their own portraits.


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