A starter image to get students thinking about how this acts as a portrait. How can they tell that is a human being? Would you see this person walking down the street? Why/not?
We discussed the gridding method that Chuck Close used to complete these large scale paintings.
Some students notices the multiple mouths the older woman had…they came to the conclusion that maybe she talked a lot and therefore, the layering effect gave her more mouths to represent her as a chatterbox!
Students were shocked when they squinted their eyes. Something happened to their vision and they could more easily read the image as a human face. Some questioned why this was and one student who wears glasses mentioned it’s because it blurs your vision and you don’t read the shapes as individual squares anymore!!
Create a list of what the student believe a portrait can be made out of thus far….see if this changes by the end of the PPP.
The students notices the words almost immediately. They discussed how the words worked as a part of these artists’ identity because they are musicians and they write their own lyrics. Perhaps these words are their lyrics. However, one student recognized the woman on the left as Rhianna and knew that the words “My Heart Will Go On” were not her lyrics but Celine Dion’s. As a whole, the class came to the conclusion that the lyrics reflected all musicians that have been to the Grammy’s in prior years and how this artwork represents ALL musicians identities from previous Grammys.
The students absolutely flipped for this one! They loved it! The immediately noticed that the image of Barack Obama was made up of multiple images of other people. When I asked who the other people were….a few students commented that perhaps the images making up Obama were some of his supporters given the fact that they are holding up his campaign sign “Change We Can Believe In”. So Obama’s new identity as President is largely composed by his supporters and his country. Of course, they also acknowledged his identity is made up of other aspects, such as: where he was born/raised and his past. I was astonished and amazed by how perceptive and engaged my students were for this Power Point presentation!
I mentioned that Michael Mapes was from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois and lives in the same city as we are from. Students were then very interested in his work and what it was all about….
Students got it! One girl thought by looking at the previous slide that it might be beads sewn onto a canvas. And when we looked at the side view…they flipped! They were in awe of how much time that would take to make and wanted to see the previous slide again!
A quick way to get students thinking about how this feeds into their lesson on paint swatches and their own abstract portraits!
Abstracted Portrait Lesson
Abstracted PortraitsQuestioning Color and Identity
Paul Klee “Senecio”(1922)What do you see inthis painting?What makes this aportrait? Why? How?
Chuck Close, “Self-Portrait” (2007)What do you see in thispainting?What does the title tellthe viewer?What do you think theartists’ intent (wanted)was to tell/show theviewer?Why did he use shapesand different colors?
David Hockney,“Mother I, YorkshireMoors”(1985)What might a layeringtechnique do for aportrait?
Nathan Gibbs,“Self-Portrait”(2002)This is how wewill be creatingour self-portraitstoday!What do yousee?What happenswhen you squintyour eyes?
Back of NathanGibbs’artwork….Have you seenthese squaresanywherebefore?Are paintswatchesartwork?Why/not?What are somematerials thatcan be used todo a portrait?