This is one of my all time favorite lessons to teach to my junior high (Grade 7-9) students.
I get so excited for the new results every time I teach it.
It's inspired by one of my favourite artists, Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920). He is known for portraits and nudes in a modern style characterized by elongation of faces, necks, and figures that were not received well during his lifetime but later found acceptance and now sell in the millions at auction.
Students start by sketching their portrait on heavyweight white paper. I provided lots of calendar photos for them to reference Modigliani's style.
Then they paint the skin with tempera.
Then move onto the hair and clothing and background.
Once everything is painted, they outline all their pencil lines with a charcoal pencil and blend it out for a soft shaded effect.
Some Grade 7-9 finished pieces