Art Discovery Lab - Romero Britto Inspired Self Portraits

Today was supposed to be day one of my first Art Discovery Lab... and then we got Houston Snowmageddon #2!  So while everyone hunkers down and stays off the ice, I'm cheering myself up by re-living an AWESOME discovery lab I did a couple of weeks ago! 


If you think you're not familiar with Romero Britto's work, I bet you're wrong!  This Miami-based artist's bright, cheerful work can be seen around the world from galleries to giant public sculptures in places like Hyde Park to Build-A-Bear!  He even collaborated with Cirque du Soleil for 2007's Superbowl halftime show!

I love to introduce kids to great artists and then let them explore the style and make it their own!  And these kids sure did! We started with drawing our portraits in pencil and then went over our drawings with black marker.  Then we started filling in the spaces with fun, bright patterns- just like Romero Britto does!  I think they did an AMAZING job! 


A couple of tips for guiding your own kids in creating a Britto-inspired self portrait:

- Create a quick head shape template.  This will help them get the head size and shape right, quickly and easily.  OR if they're feeling like an alien on the inside that day, they can use the head template for eyes instead. ;) 

- Help them draw in a super-light cross with their pencils first.  Tell them to tickle the paper with their pencils and not to press down at all, because this will be erased later!  This is useful for spacing when drawing the eyes, the nose, and the mouth.  You'll start with the eyes, using your fingers as spacers from the horizontal line, and you'll continue onward to the nose (the bottom will be in the middle of the vertical line), then the mouth. 


- From there, you can draw in the neck and shoulders (tell them to slant the shoulders line down instead of up, so it looks like they're shrugging... unless they want to be shrugging!), the hair, and all of the fun patterns that can fill each space!  

- We used oil pastels on paper for our project, but you could use colored pencils, crayons, or paint, just like Romero Britto, himself!

- To introduce Romero Britto, check out this Youtube video!  I think your kids will find it inspiring!  I know I did!

Let me know if you try it out! I would LOVE to see what your kids do!

Give a kid some art supplies and a little guidance, and she's going to create something amazing every time!


Hi! Welcome to The Roaring Artist

Hi! I'm Katie!

I'm a wife, homeschooling mom, art teacher, lover of fossils and antiques, and The Roaring Artist! I hope you'll stick around and get to know me! Everyone needs a crazy artist friend in her life, and I'll be yours... if you're nice! ;) 

I'm excited to have this blog on standby to share my art, my art classes, and maybe even a few of my own personal hijinks.  After all, life is art! 

But first, maybe I should tell you a little more about myself. 

I grew up in a tiny town in the Florida panhandle.  My family still lives in Florida, so I visit every chance I get! But since leaving that tiny, Southern town, I've left pieces of my heart in Saint Augustine, West Virginia, Philadelphia, and Denver.  Most recently, I have been writing my Houston chapter. 

I'm a classically trained artist. 
What does that mean?
Well, to me it means I lasted exactly one year in a great job in the financial industry before quitting to go to art school.  There I delved into the history and techniques I would need to be able to produce my own art work.  And produce my own artwork, I have!  I started in photography (a sensible place to dip your toe into artistic waters when your previous degree is in business), moved into digital art followed by mixed media jewelry and have landed smack in the column of 'many medium artist.'  You know what? I really like that!

Concurrent with our move to Houston, I began home schooling my daughter, and that's where my passion for art with kids has absolutely flourished!  It's so amazing introducing them to something or someone new and doing my best to contain my excitement, as I wait to see what wonderful things they'll find and do!  And so my most recent endeavor- an art class of my very own creation- has been born! I can't wait to see what happens next!

I hope you'll join me in my art, whether it's as a collector, a local mommy of a homeschooling student, or just someone who loves art as much as I do and wants to chat! I'm looking forward to meeting you!

Posted on January 13, 2018 and filed under Meet Katie.