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Embossed Papers - Chuck Close Meets the Masters

Additional Products

  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Black Crayon

Project Details

Developed by: Kathy Barbro, ArtProjectsforKids.org

Introduce students to the work of Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Gustav Klimt, Grant Wood, Edvard Munch and Edgar Degas in a fun new way! Two each of eight designs. Sizes range from 71⁄2" x 71⁄2" to 11" x 7". Large sizes are designed for full-scale art projects.

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Lesson Plan Ideas

Learning Objectives for Grades: 2nd-3rd

  • Students will learn about the art of Chuck Close and his use of grids for his large scale portraitures.
  • They will merge his contemporary look with classic works of art from Leonardo da Vinci,
    Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Gustav Klimt, Grant Wood, Edvard Munch and
    Edgar Degas.

Applicable Common Core Standards: CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.MD.A.1 – Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.

Steps

  1. Begin with a brief overview of the art of Chuck Close and his progression into the use of grids in his portraitures.

  2. Have each student use a ruler to measure and lightly draw a background grid in pencil on one of the sheets from the Creativity Street® Embossed Paper-Fine Art Collection. The Mona Lisa example has 34mm squares.

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  3. Have the students color the squares neatly with Creativity Street® Colored Pencils. Have them also consider balancing out the colors as they apply them.

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  4. They should then continue coloring until all the squares are filled.

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  5. Lastly, have them rub the raised parts of the embossed paper with the side of a black crayon. Mention to them to rub only the raised areas and not the flat parts so that there is as much contrast in the art as possible.

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Tips:

  • Consider using larger and fewer squares in the background for younger students, especially if they have not worked with rulers before.
  • You could even just split the paper into four sections to create an Andy Warhol Pop Art look.

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