Charcoal

Summer Art- High School Portraits

Using her iPhone photo as a reference, she created a self portrait with charcoal on Canson paper.

Using her iPhone photo as a reference, she created a self portrait with charcoal on Canson paper.

Summer is in full swing here at home. School days have been replaced with pool time, gardening, weekly road trips and of course lots of art. My daughter was only able to take a fundamentals class in the 9th grade because of her busy band/music schedule. While I was volunteering at the HS as a judge for the art show, I spoke with the AP Art teacher and we agreed that we needed to get her into the AP art class in the fall. I have been working with her over the years and now we are going full-speed ahead with daily sketches and studio time. Last week we focused on the self-portrait. We sketched figures and worked on the proportions of the face. She is a huge fan of Manga so it was a stretch to get her to draw realistically. I had her look through the book 500 Portraits so she could the endless possibilities. She chose her favorite portraits out of the book and after discussing what style she liked, I suggested and demonstrated the materials she should use.

I am constantly amazed at the outcomes of my students (and daughter) I tried to cover many things that I learned in college that I wish I’d known for high school. She is so proud of herself, and I am looking forward to sharing more of her work. Above is her first “real” self portrait. I had her use charcoal- a media she’d never used before. It’s a great start to the summer.

(I did not notice my 10 year old son was in the living room listening in on the lesson while he played on his itouch. Next time I’m having him join in…)

The portrait my 10 year old drew in my sketchbook.

The portrait my 10 year old drew in my sketchbook.

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