These friends from Period 5 are busy comparing their work to the masterworks. You can see them mixing and applying a range of values to their portraits. It looks like Janisse, (pictured in the front) has completed the portrait and now has the easier task of painting the background area. Well done!
Let's look at some finished paintings! This portrait is after one of Gauguin's images of Tahitian women. I put the whole 18 x 24 poster on the photocopier and then cropped out the parts of the image that we didn't need. It was so important for the students to see the master images in grayscale; but it was also fun for them to see the colored version of the images. So I left the big posters out on a table and many students chose to take that image to their work area as another source of reference. This portrait was painted by Janeliz in Period 1. I think she did a lovely job!
It was fun to see how one student's version would differ from another student's rendition of the same portrait. Here we can see a tougher, gritty style done by Trejur in Period 4. The use of dry brush technique creates a sense of danger in her character's personality and the overall mood of the image is darker than in Sara's version below. Her painting has a gentler approach with well-groomed yet tousled hair and a kind expression on the face. Both students did a wonderful job of placing the lights and darks in the correct places. I realized that although we were copying from master works, each student could infuse the work with a sense of self identity. As an art teacher, I found it fascinating to see the end results.
I have more work to share with you soon! What did you think of this lesson? We'd love to hear from you. Thanks!