Focus on clothing, body language, and expression as you portray people in the realistic style of American portraitist John Singer Sargent.
John Singer Sargent's primary focus was on portraiture, using a minimal background to showcase his model. Read information about his artistic career, travel, and powerful painting style.
Collect magazine pictures of people in the uniform of their profession or favorite activity, such as a doctor, politician, or skateboarder. Look closely at the clothing these people wear. How does their body language relate to their career or activity? Choose one person as the subject of your painting.
On construction paper, use Crayola® Construction Paper™ Crayons to begin your portrait, including details such as hair and facial features. Include visual hints about the model in their clothing, pose, and gestures.
Cover a table top with recycled newspaper. Use Crayola Washable Paint and Paint Brushes to finish your portrait. In Sargent's style, include a simple, color field background to highlight your portrait. Dry on a flat surface.
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