Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Thursday, April 23, 2015

When you combine an ART lesson with Amedeo Modigliani, Kelly Rae Roberts and Elementary Self Portraits....

A few years ago when teaching Elementary School, I read Kelly Rae Roberts book. You can find our more about here on her website She has some pretty amazingly inspiring art! I was also researching an artist Amedeo Modigliani. You can find more about him at

Then I had an AH-HA Moment....I discussed both artist styles with my students. We drew self-portraits with really long necks. Painted them and then put a spin on our work with cutting out words that described us. I used Kelly Rae Roberts influence here. Some of the words were character traits and others were just descriptions of each person's passion and personality.

Each one of these was a huge success. Loved teaching like this because I was able to get to know my students more by what words they were choosing to put on their paper to represent them =) I think I might update this lesson and teach next year to my 6th graders at Maclay School!



  1. Oh, this is so wonderful! So very glad to see art is alive and well in these schools and in the lives of these children. Art cures so many ills! Bravo teachers, bravo!!!!

    1. Thanks, Teri! This was such a fun lesson to do and it has so many possibilities for older grades. The kids really worked hard at finding the right words to help describe them =) Love me some art history and Kelly Rae Roberts!