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LHS Art Foundations: Self Portraits

Original by Sarah Kozeak; Adapted by Melanie Rapp 2013

Melanie Rapp

on 3 October 2018

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Transcript of LHS Art Foundations: Self Portraits

The Self-portrait as a self-study
Rembrandt was the first artist to intensely study the self through art, he sketched his own face thousands of times and created 60 self portraits to depict HIS own history.
*Remember: there were no cameras back then, so the only way to capture the self image was through ART: painting, drawing and sculpting.
The Self-Portrait as a presentation of
The Imaginative Self- Portrait
Our Artist: Romare Bearden
Romare Bearden is an artist that is known for his mixed media artwork. That's our medium for this project!

The Figurative Self- Portrait
Jackson Pollock took abstraction to a new level.
Human figures are no longer represented, but this work is still deeply emotional and revealing.
The scatter and drippings of the paint are thrown on in such a way, we can catch a glimpse of Pollock's feelings.

Technique: The GRID!
Why self-portraits?
borrowed from http://userpages.umbc.edu/~ivy/selfportrait/study.html
Vincent Van Gogh's portraits were mostly painted over a span of two years. His portraits may portray him as a man struggling with life, and searching for answers through his paintings. Each of his portraits portray shock, disturbance, tranquility or confusion. Here is his portrait with his infamous bandaged ear. What emotions is he showing?
* These portraits show more of what's on the
, than what is on the inside.
* What emotions is Pollock trying to convey in this piece? Would you say he was happy while creating this piece? What about this painting gives you clues to his emotions?
Technique: Hatching!
Frida Kahlo was a famous Mexican painter who was married to the muralist, Diego Rivera. When she was a teenager she was in a horrible accident. In her short lifetime she had over thirty surgeries. Much of the time she was bed-ridden, so she created dozens of self-portraits. A focus on self-portraits may have been because of the closeness of her subject, but it was also to sort out strong emotions regarding her husband and the pain she endured. Her work is very expressive, open, and while it is imaginative, it is brutally honest.
Deep Thoughts...

What is a selfie?

What is the difference
between a self-portrait
and a selfie?

What is personal expression?

But... I don't know how to draw!
Never fear! That's why you are here! There are techniques you can learn that help you draw realistically! We've already learned about gridding, and it's a technique you can use in this project. You may also use face mapping, shading, and all the other techniques learned.
Value: Hatching/Cross-Hatching/Stippling
Albert Hule
Juliette Jourdain
Tai-Shan Schierenberg
Paul Gauguin
Facial expression? Background?
Cultural Identity - Sense of Self
Florian Nicolle
Mary Ellen Croteau creates an amazing Chuck Close-inspired self portrait from recycled bottle caps
Our project...
Mixed Media Self-Portraits!

Mixed Media Portrait.

Value & Texture
- Use value & texture to create detail and form.

- Include at least one meaningful symbol. COLOR can be a symbol if used intentionally.

Mixed Media
- Use at least two different kinds of media: pencil, ink, sharpie, paint, collage.

HALF of your portrait must be DRAWN and the other HALF must be mixed media. The WHOLE paper must be filled.
No white space unless intentional/painted in (use of negative space).

- Attention to detail, erase pencil marks, no folds or creases in paper. Complete. Best effort and use of class time.
Why do artists create self-portraits?
How real is a self-portrait?
What is the purpose of a self-portrait?
"The Dove" was created in 1964 by Romare Bearden.
During his lifetime, while living in the south, he experienced the unjustness of the "Jim Crow Laws." His family, along with many others, migrated north.
This collage has lot of components. We see the busy, everyday life in a neighborhood. Is there symbolism in the white cat that is in the lower left corner?
Bearden celebrates folk music and the blues with this collage. Notice the many colors, patterns, and shapes!
"Maudell Sleet’s Magic Garden"
Romare Bearden fondly remembers a neighbor and her gardening in this collage. Notice the contrast between the warm and cool colors.
Romare Bearden and one more artist that created self-portraits.
Recommendations: Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Gustave Courbet, Edvard Munch...
When did they live? What did they create? What does their artwork look like?
Describe, in detail, their art (use the elements and principles and your art vocabulary). #INQUIRE

your portrait. What expression will you have, and why? What will you wear? #DESIGN

3. Ms. Rapp takes a
of you, and prints it. You will use this photo for reference.
You may create a grid with it (or not). #DESIGN

in your sketchbook: Facial features & face in proportion. #DESIGN

in pencil, your portrait. #CREATE

6. Now, comes the fun part! Play with the
you have learned! #CREATE
Collage, paint, ink, pencil, colored pencil, charcoal.
Combine elements to express who you are!
What COLORS represent your current mood?
What SYMBOLS represent who you are?
What MEDIA can you use?

7. Fill out the
and participate in a critique. #REFLECT
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