5th and 6th grade students looked at Renaissance artwork by an unlikely artist, Giuseppe Arcimboldo. Students were tasked with creating strange portraits concocted with foods and plants. They built these faces and bodies out of foods and used their drawing techniques to make them look three dimensional. These are colored pencil portraits.
7th and 8th grade students worked for about two weeks on these expressive pencil portraits. Students were asked to take an expressive selfie or a "smushed" face photograph by smashing their faces on plexiglas. They used a photograph as a resource image. Criteria for this drawing is to replicate that expression, use a wide range of value to achieve a modeled or 3 dimensional look and to draw with accuracy through observation. The portraits needed to be a 1:1 ratio, drawing exactly the size and scale of facial parts that they see in the photo. They used a grid system to transfer information.