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Close video and OUR "portraits in progress"!


Date: Tue Oct 24 2000 - 17:27:45 PDT

<<They do pan a nude painting a little too long for even my high schoolers
so I just speed it up a bit.>>

I didn't even think it was that long and I'm not too concerned about it for
my 8th-12th graders.

My only complaint was that the whole video was a little long, and so when I
show it Thursday I'll have to fast forward through some of the other
artists' commentaries on Close's work, just so I can get it all in during
the period.

Personally, I have no problem with the two "cuss" words in the video--the
first just sort of shows Close's sense of humor (in that he realizes that
he's sounding too ...."scholarly"...) and the other is a result of
understandable frustration.

I think my students will enjoy it--and please take a moment to check out
THEIR grid-method "portraits in progess"!

What's surprising me is that some students who usually exhibit poor
technical skills are doing a wonderful job with this project, and some can
really relate to Close's problems with learning disabilities (we read the
book "Chuck Close Up Close" last week). I think he's sort of their "hero"
in the art world.

Anyhow, they're doing some very cool self-portraits--check back for more
pictures as they finish up!

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