These middle school Creature Portraits were created after studying Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. Students observed how the Sfumato technique was used in this famous portrait. The technique is a fine shading meant to produce a soft transition between colors and tones, in order to achieve a more believable image. It is most often used by making subtle gradations that do not include lines or borders, from areas of light to areas of dark. Students also observed the unique way the Mona Lisa is posed and how the eyes follow the viewer.
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With up to 17 hours of darkness per day, it's no wonder Danish people boast finding joy in the simple things as such an embedded component of their culture.
For this project, middle schoolers learned a little about Danish culture and the term "hygge"
Each piece of this group sculpture illustrates the students' own interpretation of what their own "hygge" looks like and the exhibition came together to portrait our own "light in the dark" for the senior citizen luncheon.
I have been teaching art and design at the middle and high school level since 2006 and learning about both for a lot longer.