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Lesson Plans

RE: portraits

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Fields, Linda (
Thu, 7 Jan 1999 12:18:30 -0500

I do something similar to this, too, but before this stage, I set up a model
with a spotlight, darken the room and give the kids big brushes, black
paint, and large white paper. I have them look for, and paint, only the dark
areas. They have difficulty at first because they are so used to line, but
after several tries they begin to get recognizable images. I explain to them
that this is one of the differences between drawing and painting-that
instead of using outlines we are looking for and painting shape and volume.
After they feel comfortable with this, we move on to looking for gradations
of value and use mixed or diluted paint for it. I do this with art II. Linda
in NC

> ----------
> From: Bicyclken[SMTP:Bicyclken]
> Sent: Wednesday, December 23, 1998 10:29 AM
> To: ArtAltman;
> Subject: Re: portraits
> In a message dated 12/22/98 7:47:50 PM Pacific Standard Time,
> ArtAltman writes:
> << Also I was hoping to incorporate pastels or oil pastels
> in the final drawing. Do you have any ideas on how to incorporate
> pastels
> without loosing detail? >>
> Hello,
> I do an assignment in my Art 2 class that uses conte crayon on toned
> paper.
> This process helps them to see the range of dark to light and to
> accentuate
> the contrast of light. I begin like you have planned and have them draw
> each
> other for a practice, ( straight on). Next we look at resources that use
> a
> dominance of dark with strong highlights. We look for 3/4 views and
> profiles
> as well.
> When they have found something that is interesting we sketch it out on
> news
> print and transfer the outlines to toned(grey, canson mi-tientes) paper
> with
> carbon paper. By using only white conte, they begin to lay in the
> lightest
> values, when finished they look at the darkest and use black. Tortillons
> are
> used to soften the conte into the paper and by leaving a majority of grey
> paper they can see the portrait.
> This would take more than 8 days but you might like it.
> Ken Schwab
> San Jose, CA