5Cs Lesson

Allison Dowling-5th grade Art Lesson Chalk Pastel Self-Portraits

The 5Cs
Lesson Information
Introduction to the lesson begins with a comparison of prior knowledge of the word, “self”. (Self-Portrait) I ask questions like, “How is a photo taken of you different than a self portrait?” Also, many of the students have never worked with chalk pastels before so I have to compare the medium to crayons or other drawing materials.
The contrast happens when you add the word “Portrait” to “Self-Portrait” I explain that a portrait is when some one ELSE draws you but a SELF-portrait is when YOU draw yourself. I have my students draw a first version of a self-portrait before any explanation of correct proportions. I love to see the first version because they are usually very cartoonish.
The students begin to conceptualize the new information when they draw the first version of the self portrait without any instruction. They struggle with looking in the mirror and drawing what they see and not what they know about previous drawings.
My students begin to comprehend Self-Portraits when I show them my lesson example and begin to demonstrate correct proportions and using the chalk pastels. I have the students gather around me while I measure some children’s heads, the distance between our eyes, ears, etc. They love that part. Then they watch as I draw myself and I give full instruction on how to draw your face as realistically as you can. I also give a demonstration on how to add color to the face with the chalk pastels. These are new techniques and a new medium.
All of this new information is combined when the students begin their second version of their Self-Portrait. They take the experience of the first drawing and add the new knowledge and put it all together in their final second drawing. I go around the room helping students who struggle with the proportions but you would be surprised on how much the drawings have changed since the first drawing.

1. Do you think your lesson incorporates all of the 5C’s?
I feel that my lesson does fit into the 5C’s very well. I did not have to tweak anything to make this assignment work. I think this is what makes the Self-Portraits lesson a classic!
2. What adaptations where made for your special populations group?
In Art class we get just about every student in the building. This includes special needs, IEPs, ESL, and I even have a deaf student. This lesson works well because it is mostly visual. I try to make my demonstrations as clear as possible and I do it step by step. For my deaf student I write out instructions to the demo but for the most part he can read my lips. I do different cues for him and I have begun to look up and study some of his signs. I talk to his interpreter and she has given me some art related signs. I find it fascinating and I like to work with him. It’s a new challenge to me! I feel that Art is a fairly easy topic to make adaptations for my special populations group.