Group Portrait 2004

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 2004. I gave them 1/2-inch squares this time (instead of inch squares), which resulted in 240 tiny little pieces of a Photoshop-altered picture. Students drew on 2" squares of white paper.

All squares were coded, and when students had completed the 240 2-inch squares, they glued them onto a large sheet of paper. Unknown to them, I had coded the squares so that the image was 90 degrees counter-clockwise from the photo I worked from.

"Bush & Kerry"
Finished size: 24x40 inches
Drawn by over 30 students

This group drawing project is one of the best ways I've found
to encourage kids who initially say "I can't draw"!

Fall 2002 Mystery Portrait
Fall 2004 Mystery Portrait
Fall 2006 Mystery Portrait
Fall 2008 Mystery Portrait
Fall 2010 Mystery Portrait
Fall 2012 Mystery Portrait



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