For this lesson, third graders learned about Georgia Folk Artist, Howard Finster (1916-2001). We have posted about Howard Finster in the past. Click HERE for these posts. Howard Finster was an American artist and Baptist minister from Pennville, Georgia. He claimed to be inspired by God to spread the Gospel through the design of his swampy land into Paradise Gardens, a folk art sculpture garden, with over 50,000 pieces of art. His creations included outsider art, visionary art, and folk art.
He did album cover designs for The Talking Heads.
After a brief history lesson on the Reverend Finster, I had the kids draw their self portrait.
I talked about self portraits and face and proportion.
The kids used mirrors to look at their faces to draw.
When we were done drawing, we outlined and painted our folk art.
To get a true "Finster" feel, I had the kids write things about themselves with sharpies on their portraits.
Have a look!