In the 7th grade visual arts rotation students utilized the following elements and principles of design: value, color, contrast, and symmetry to create portraits. Students used various drawing techniques to create four drawings. The first drawing was a magazine value study (black and white) with the focus on light source, contrast, and symmetry. The second drawing was a magazine color study. This challenged students to experiment with different color media and use hue to indicate light source. Students were able to use oil pastel, soft pastel, or color pencil. The third drawing was either a self-portrait or a drawing of a faculty member in black and white. The final drawing combined elements from each of the three previous drawings. This drawing was a large parallel projection that utilized a gird process, inspired by the artist Chuck Close. Students study the artist Chuck Close, an artist students studied. In the final drawing the students have to demonstrate their understanding of portraiture chose the appropriate drawing skills.
Throughout this rotation students created and utilized blogs. In the blogs, students described techniques and reflected on the creative process. The blog address is provided below and you are encouraged to see both the artwork and student insights, for yourself.