These are two of Modigliani's portraits-
bleeding art tissue paper
I begin this lesson by showing some of Modigliani's portraits. I talk about the long skinny faces and necks, and the almond shaped eyes,simple nose, and small rosebud lips. Starting with a big skinny U shape, I have the students practice a simple face drawing in this style following my steps as I do it on a white board. For fun I have them do simple curly lines for the hair. If I have already done a portrait lesson with them I point out the difference between a more realistic portrait; the shape and size of the features, and the placement of them compared to Modigliani's faces.
Next I have them do a large drawing of the face on the watercolor paper, filling up most of the space. After they have done it in pencil, I have them go over all the lines with Sharpie. Then we watercolor the faces. I let them have some freedom with the hair, making it two tone if they want, and just painting it loosely around their Sharpie lines.
After they have done the painting part then we use small pieces of tissue paper to fill in the background putting water under and over each piece with a brush and overlapping them. When the tissue dries we pull that off, and you end up with a textured looking background.