5th grade students studied Amedeo Clemente Modigliani, a Jewish, Italian artist who worked mainly in France. He became known for his paintings and sculptures that were created in a very modern style. The students noticed the elongated form of the portraits that he painted. Many of the fifth graders commented that the eyes in some of the portraits were blank, which made them seem anonymous. They also noticed that the portraits with complete eyes depicted the people looking directly at the viewer in a very serious way. We discussed the style of clothing shown in the portraits and concluded that it was consistent with the time period. The fifth graders then created their own Modigliani inspired portraits. Each one is distinctly unique and displays lots of personality! These images can be viewed in the school lobby.