Thursday, October 1, 2009


This week we dedicated a lot of time to working on our sketched silhouette self-portraits. During this Independent Sketch Hall (ISH), students focused on developing their self-portraits by sketching their symbols inside an oval-head template. In order to understand the composition and placement of their images, students were encouraged to consider emphasizing certain symbols that they felt were more important than others by increasing sizes and layering the images.

Once I confirmed and checked off their sketches, each student had their silhouette traced onto a large format piece of drawing paper. Using a projector and the direct light source, the students chose between a profile or frontal pose. Eventually their symbols would be drawn within the silhouette.

I also introduced a glimpse of Color Theory. We discussed the difference between warm and cool colors, analogous and complimentary, and reviewed primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. We learned that colors can express different moods, emotions, and feelings. The students are going to choose a color that represents them that they will use for the background of their self-portrait.

I'm really looking forward to this next stage of the project. I think the students are getting more and more enthusiastic about the final art piece. I feel the energy in the classroom...this is an exciting feeling.

HW: Finish sketching the draft silhouette in sketchbook or on newsprint.
Choose a color, using the worksheet provided, that represents a part of your personality.

Extra Credit: Design a symbol for your Block Letter (ie. Block "A")

Self-Portrait Vocabulary Worksheet:


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