We did a “Portraiture Lesson for Kids” in our 5-9 yr. old classes last week. We had a conversation about how in the old days, before cameras, it was popular to paint portraits of people because that was the only way to remember what they looked like. Often the person sitting for their portrait chose to include an accessory of some sort that reflected their personality. Portraits were often placed in ornate gilded frames and hung above the mantle for visitors to admire.
After learning all about the history of portraiture, students painted a portrait of a pig. We drew these piggies with oil pastel first, then painted them with liquid watercolor. The frames were decorated with a pattern & painted with shades of metallic gold. Students also picked an iconic item to include in their portrait to help characterize their pig and to bring it to life. The little spectacles, neck ties, bows, and hats had our hearts beating fast. Children have such a whimsy imagination full off life and fun. We fell in love with their art and love the results.