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Lesson Plans

RE: self-portraits Chuck Close style

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D. Sterner (dsterner)
Mon, 4 Oct 1999 15:51:18 -0400

Some of my lower grades really look forward to self portraits we do in Chuck
Close's style.
I take their picture using a digital camera and load the image into a
graphics program. I change the image to a posterization in black and white
and then print to a transparency. The transparency is used to enlarge the
image to 18" x 24" and sections are outlined from an overhead projector.
Once all the shapes are traced the kids use the eraser of a #2 pencil and a
black ink pad to fill in the areas that are supposed to dark. Older kids
learn value by selecting other areas for Grey tones. The final pieces are
really cool and the kids are really excited to do this kind of project.

This type of project involves a lot of set-up and teacher prep, but I am
special ed and I have small classes. I did think it was worth tossing
around for those interested.

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Susan Bennett
Sent: Sunday, October 03, 1999 11:05 PM
To: Teri Sanford; art list
Subject: Re: self-portraits

I find that the children are facinated with the style of Chuck Close. Susan
in Ohio
-----Original Message-----
From: Teri Sanford <terily>
To: art list <>
Date: Friday, October 01, 1999 9:11 AM
Subject: self-portraits

>I'm looking for some ideas for self-portraits. I want to do a
>school-wide unit on them (K-6). I already will do a
>picasso-type, a warhol-type (from MaryAnn Kohl!) and one based
>on Hundertwasser. If anyone has other ideas, I'd love to hear
>them, esp for the lower grades.