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How do Third Graders manage to create Quality Portraits in Second Grade?

It is amazing, but using the simple clockwise method, Third Grade students learned to observe the basic proportions of a human face seen from the front, making a leap from what they think they are seeing to being a little more aware of what they are actually seeing. They accomplished this complex task by arranging the parts within the whole a little better, retaining the expressive power of their age-old drawings, but with an order in the image expected from older children.  

How does the method work? 

  1. First, we make a neutral oval, measuring with four points the dimension that the portrait will have inside the sheet, which will be equivalent to 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock in the hands of the clock. 

  2. Then, we measure the same distance up and down, and left or right (measuring one centimeter more approximately); having these four base points, we finish the rest of the numbers to form a semicircle 

  3. We draw an axis between 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock to know what is on the left and right side of the face. Then, three horizontal lines between 9 o’clock  and 3 o’clock , 4 o’clock  and 8 o’clock , and 7o’clock  and 5 o’clock. 

With these step-by-step guidelines, we will all have a template to practice the individual characteristics of each face. We start with a self-portrait and then we make versions of the teachers and people we know, as you can see in the attached pictures. You can do it too!

Resumen: Retratos de calidad en segundo grado

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