Rembrandt Art Class

I attended an art teacher’s workshop yesterday at the Isiko Old Townhouse Museum. The museum had an exhibition of a collection of Rembrandt Van Rijn’s work from many of the private and public collections here in South Africa. The workshop was looking at the teaching of Rembrandt’s work and activities that could be done around this.

My own copies of some of Rembrandt's work, trying to keep to his style.

My own copies of some of Rembrandt’s work, trying to keep to his style.

I will be writing about 1 of these activities. I teach 14-15 year old’s but with a few tweaks, this activity could work for a much wider range of learners.

Each of us was given a quick introduction to the hatching and cross hatching technique Rembrandt used in his etchings. We were then given a small mirror and asked to make a self portrait, attempting to emulate Rembrandt’s style.

The first self portrait we did. This was originally done in pencil and then we used blue pencil to transfer the image to the carbon paper.

The first self portrait we did. This was originally done in pencil and then we used blue pencil to transfer the image to the carbon paper.

After this we were given a paper plate and a piece of carbon paper. We transferred our self portrait to the plate using the carbon paper. We were then asked to make some decorations around the edge of the plate. I made a small design on another piece of paper which I then transferred twice using the carbon paper.

The end result.

The end result.

This was a fun, simple activity that I could see working in a classroom.

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