Group Portrait 2002

Each year as an introduction to portraiture using a grid method, I have my Art I students enlarge and draw what appears to be a totally non-objective image. I give them a small square with the image on it, and they draw it onto a larger square.

They don't know what they're drawing until all of the squares are put together to form a picture!

Intro to this exercise involves doing value scales and also doing some preliminary drawings that simply involve copying various shapes.

This has worked so well in previous years that I decided to make it a bit more challenging during the fall of 2002. I gave them 1/2-inch squares this time (instead of inch squares), which resulted in 120 tiny little pieces of a 5x6-inch Photoshop-altered picture. Students drew on 2" squares of white paper.

All squares were coded, and when students had completed the 120 2-inch squares, they started gluing them onto a large sheet of paper. Here are the results:

Over 30 different students drew this portrait of Angelina Jolie.
It's the best way I've found to encourage kids who initially say "I can't draw"!

Fall 2002 Mystery Portrait
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Fall 2006 Mystery Portrait
Fall 2008 Mystery Portrait
Fall 2010 Mystery Portrait
Fall 2012 Mystery Portrait



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