Value and Portraits
7th grade students are exploring ways to show value in their work through the use of our different shading pencils or stippling with Sharpies. We used Chuck Close and Noli Novak as artists of inspiration for this work. Novak is also being used to inspired the collage portraits being done in class, like the one below. Using a variety of media at once is always fun in the art room and I look forward to seeing how the work turns out in a few days.
7th grade students are mixing up media today after adding value with pencil on their portraits yesterday. Today they are using Modge Podge and tissue paper to give their background a pop of color and contrast the value scale applied to their drawings.
After the decoupage dries, students will add line designs and patterns with sharpie and then use their photographs to create abstracted portraits using various cut up magazine cut outs. We are using Noli Novak as inspiration for both of these projects and are excited to chat with her in an upcoming Skype interview when we return from break!
8th grade students are applying values to their portraits today to make them look more like the photographs they edited and printed before transferring them onto the large poster paper.
Students are using all kinds of materials to create their values, making their images go from abstract to more realistic images of themselves.
8th grade students worked on finishing up their portraits today. They worked on value for this project, as well as capturing an emotion through facial features. Students used traditional materials like pencil or paint, as well as non traditional materials like yarn and cut paper.
I will be posting the finished works next week, as soon as students finish loading them on Moodle.
value portraits finished
7th grade students finished their pictures and uploaded them to Moodle.
As you can see, the focus of this assignment was the self-portrait and using value to show space and depth.
Students also worked with tissue paper and sharpie to decorate their backgrounds with patter and color.
For images from the entire class, visit our online gallery on Artsonia.
Our next task is finishing up our clay projects by adding glaze!
Whether it is paint, oil pastel, crayon, or anything else you could think of (yarn, paper, sequins...), 8th grade students are showing what they know about value through the process of making portraits.
This project always makes me nervous. Time and again, as we work I look at the beginning moments and think to myself - "How is this going to turn out?!?"
Without a doubt, each time students tackle this challenge, they always surprise me with their inventiveness of ideas and choice of materials. From the pose, to the editing, to the positioning on the page, to the material to finish it, students have had the lead on what and how they wanted to compose this portrait.
The results, as you can see, are taking form as being very interesting and expressive portraits using all kinds of materials.
pump up the value
7th and 8th grade students continue to explore value today as they work on their self-portraits. I look forward to seeing how all of the students use their materials to capture the essence of their personalities and show the various values within the image. As you can see, even with a broken hand, Miguel works through the challenge - nice perseverance.
We will continue to work on these portraits throughout the week. 7th grade students will be finished with their work on Wednesday and 8th grade will be finished by Friday. When students finish, they will get to finally add glaze to their clay creatures (who all got fired over the weekend).
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.
transferring the image
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.