Group Portrait 2006

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.

They are given 1/2" squares of a Photoshop-altered photograph and enlarge the images onto 2" squares of white paper.

All squares are coded, and when students complete the 2" squares, they glue them onto a large sheet of paper, which forms a large, puzzle-like portrait.

Over 30 different students drew this portrait of Michael Jordan.
It's the best way 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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