Both the seniors and 9th grades recently completed portraiture blocks. Here is a look behind the process each class went through.
12th grade portrait painting is a discovery of self. Students experiment with techniques for painting in pastel, acrylic and oil paint. In sketchbook work, students explored their facial features, proportions, aged themselves, worked with shadow and nationality. We also used the quarter to explore an artist in history and make a self portrait in that historical style reflecting in written form the visual connections made to the artist and reflecting on the artist's place in history. Our “All of Me” Painting is comprised of pieces representing the map of ourselves, light features pulled out of darkness, objects used to create a portion of self and lines used to describe the forms of self. Students ended the block by looking in a mirror and painting a self-portrait in oil paint.
In the 9th grade, the main objective of the black and white drawing block was to begin to explore the forces of black and white as polarities and develop capacities in exact observation and mental imagery. Students worked with blind contour techniques, upside down drawings and sketchbook assignments to strengthen observation skills and to understand how our many different types of thinking skills work to support our creative capacities. Dedication to sketchbook work was a critical component of this block.