Deadpool vs. Caracalla: Portrait Lesson

Deadpool vs. Marcus Aurelius Severus Antoninus Augustus (Emperor Caracalla)
Acrylic on canvasboard
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I use this example to try and engage the students with some history. I have used it with art histroy; ceramics, making a bust, and life drawing, portraits. 

I might say, "Who would win in an all-out street fight? Deadpool or Caracalla?"

The students will say, "Who is Caracalla?"


Students will gain knowledge of human anatomy and form through observation, research, and fundamental exercises. These exercises will develop skills in gesture, contour, outline, and tonal modeling. Students will explore and experiment with portrait representation. The artist’s self portrait is a tradition we will also explore within the history of art.


If the student is challanged by the materials have them try finger-painting the portrait. Even high school students enjoy finger-painting.

If you would like to see the complete ciricullum for this unit please contact me.


Lesson Color Scheme Wheel

Analogous colors are groups of three colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, with one being the dominant color, which tends to be a primary or secondary color, and one on either side of the color. They usually match well and create serene and comfortable designs. Analogous colors are often found in nature and are harmonious to the eye. This project also addresses symmetry, pattern, and space.


Create an interesting shape that is about 20 cm long. Practice making several abstract/organic shapes with paper and scissors until you find something you like.
Pin the shape down to the center of the paper with a thumb tack. Gently trace the outline of the shape at the lines on your circle. Paint a color pattern with your three or four analogous colors. You may use white and/or black to create interesting variety.
Layout with HB pencil, ruler, and a protractor. Each new line will be ½ of the previous angle.



Message To Investors: I Only Have Eyes For You


"Seeing comes before words." - John Berger

Link to a pdf version of the book, Ways of Seeing.

'Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak. 'But there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we explain that world with words, but words can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it.' - Ways of Seeing by John Berger, 1972


Secret Knowledge

In this video, based on the book by the same name, published in 2001, Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters, David Hockney does a convincing job at explaining how things are always the way they seem. By connecting a timeline to the discovery of such tools as curved mirrors and camera lucida we see how it is possible that the famed artists of the renaissance may have used the same “cheats” many artists use today. 

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