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Multiple Level Lesson Plan

Manga Self-Portraits

Created on September 12, 2018 by lightARTed

Students will learn about the art and history of Manga as well as create a self-portrait in that style.

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• Students will be able to recognize the art of manga and understand the differences between manga and anime.
• Students will learn techniques and steps on the how to draw facial features and in proportion.
• Students will learn and demonstrate how to properly use a calligraphy pen and ink and watercolor techniques in the creation of a manga character.

Paper, pencils, erasers, manga handouts and facial proportion references, calligraphy pen, markers, color pencils, ink, watercolor and brushes.

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1. Introduce lesson with PowerPoint, videos that talk about Manga, what it is, the history of, and examples.
2. Demonstrate how to draw a manga style character, emphasizing proper facial proportions.
3. Students may choose to use handouts of step by step manga drawing techniques and examples of facial features.
4. Students practice drawing to get use to the style and must lightly sketch first before starting the final project.
5. On a larger piece of paper students lightly sketch their manga character.
6. Demonstrate watercolor and inking techniques.
7. Students line and color their drawings with india ink and watercolor.

• Did student create an original manga self-portrait or character?
• Is the drawing detailed? Sketched lightly? Include manga characteristics?
• Is the drawing inked well with minimal mistakes?
• Is the drawing colored using tonal value, highlights, and shadows?

Manga, Anime, “Shounen” (manga for boys), “Shoujo” (manga for girls), “Kodomo” (manga for children), proportion, facial features, exaggeration, pen and ink, wash, watercolor, tonal value, highlights, and shadows.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[5-8] Students intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[5-8] Students select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of their ideas

Visual Arts Standard 3:
Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas

[5-8] Students use subjects, themes, and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values, and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artworks

Visual Arts Standard 4:
Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures

[5-8] Students describe and place a variety of art objects in historical and cultural contexts
[5-8] Students know and compare the characteristics of artworks in various eras and cultures

Asian Art

Color/Value, Emphasis, Proportion/Size

Drawing, Ink, Manga, Marker, Mixed Media, Watercolor