Project Description

In this residency, students will explore how to create an abstract self-portrait inspired by artist Sandra
Silberzweig. Students will use construction paper, pencil, pastels, and markers to interpret their
abstract self-portraits while considering art elements and design principles.

Final Product
After practicing lines, shapes, and colors, the students will complete a 12×18 abstract portrait as their
final project. The students will share their artwork, on the last day, if time allows. The students will
discuss their work, the process, and what they experienced or learned from this residency.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will reflect on their progress through repetition and creativity.
  • Students will explore and experiment with composition and materials while considering art
    elements and design principles: color, contrast, line, repetition, shape, and variety.
  • Students will analyze and reflect on how the elements, principles, and other experimental approaches work to convey an artistic intention.
  • older students will engage in constructive critique with peers, to help adapt and refine artwork while considering their skill and artistic vision.

Suggested Grades

  • Can be adapted for Grades 3-12

Pricing Breakdown

  •  4 visits; 45 min each
  •  3hr prep per residency
  •  Travel from Eugene
  •  $3.00 per student

Why I Love Teaching Art:
I love teaching art! I believe that art can be a positive vehicle for self-expression and Identity. Producing art, rather than simply experiencing it, may benefit students to see that there is more than “meets the eye” in their world. I believe that each student is unique and it is my honor and pleasure to assist students in reaching their full potential through creativity and tolerance. I live by the philosophy that both teachers are learners and learners are teachers and I love sharing my artistic knowledge and
experiences with others. -Karleena Graham

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