Modigliani was an Italian artist that lived in the early 1900s, known for an exaggeration of necks and soulful faces in his richly painted portraits. This is a very fun way to push the idea, and I find that it somehow frees students up in their drawing. They don’t worry so much about making an exact replica of themselves. They have fun with it, and I think are infinitely more creative because of it.
- Students get a 6″ x 18″ sheet of black construction paper and fold in half twice to make four sections.
- Their portrait is drawn in pencil, using the Modigliani proportions shown on the board. Even the eyes are pushed up a bit on the head, and the lips down.
- All the lines are traced with a black oil pastel.
- Everything is colored in heavily with oil pastels.