Group Portrait 2012

Each year as an introduction to portraiture using a grid method, I have my Art students enlarge and draw what appears to be a totally non-objective image from a 1/2" square onto a 2" square. They all use the same type of mechanical pencil to help keep the shading consistent.

The kids don't know what they're drawing until all of the squares are put together--like a big puzzle--to form a picture!

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

The squares are coded on the back, and when students complete all of the 2" squares, they glue them onto a gridded sheet of paper to form a large, mosaic-like portrait.

~ Albert Einstein ~
256 squares, finished size 32" x 32"
Drawn by 22 students from the United States, Mexico, China and Guatemala

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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