7th and 8th grade students are working with value this week as they continue to create their portraits. 8th grade students get to select the material they work with and apply it to their value scale, whereas 7th grade students are working with pencil and shading using the pressure of the graphite on the paper to get their shifts of value. Both grade levels created 5-step value charts before applying it to their work.
Some people say that in order to be a true artist, you must draw everything free-hand. This is not the case. From the camera obscura that is speculated to have helped artists like Vermeer, to the grid method employed by artists since the Renaissance, to both methods that are used by Artists like Shepard Fairey and Chuck Close today, artists throughout time have used tools and tricks to help them deliver their visual messages to the masses.
Our students are just following this centuries old tradition of using technology to create and transfer portraits on a larger scale. The real challenge will be what to do with those portraits once they are finally transferred...
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.