Monoprint Self-Portraits

5th grade was focusing on the proper placement of facial features and how to draw them. They were not allowed to make “L” or triangle noses. We also reviewed fractions by discussing that they eyes were 1/2 of the head, and the nose was 1/2 of that 1/2, and the mouth was 1/2 of a 1/2 of a 1/2!

We worked from pre-made worksheets that helped with the placement of features, and used mirrors to really analyze what we looked like.

Then we printed!

Monoprint Self-Portraits


Monoprint Self-Portraits Monoprint Self-Portraits


Then they added color with oil pastels.  Though the lesson was on printmaker, Elizabeth Catlett, once they added color they looked more like William H. Johnson’s work.



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This guy... always making the faces... LOL!

This guy… always making the faces… LOL!


About Ms. Luna

Here we go! Year number four! Teaching artist at Mark Twain Elementary! I started my career in 2002, in the New York City Schools as a Special Education Middle School teacher. Moving back to my hometown of Columbus, Ohio, I continued teaching Special Education and also began teaching after school and summer art programs. Moving again to Houston, Texas. I have taught all levels and abilities from kindergarten to college and am very excited to be teaching here at Mark Twain! I am also a professional artist and designer that shows work worldwide. I have been featured in the Houston Chronicle, Austin Fashion Week, Houston Press, and at the Grassi Museum of the Applied Arts in Germany. I hold a Masters of Science in Special Education from Manhattan College and a Masters of Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University. I currently am teaching grades kindergarten through fifth and am an adjuct art professor at Alvin Community College.

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