Chuck Close inspired project

Chuck Close is an American artist with an amazing story! He went through SO much in his life and overcame to become a well known, quadriplegic, portrait artist. He did not let his disabilities stop him from following his dream! This is a message which I felt was important for the grade 6 learners to hear.

We began by studying Close’s method of dividing a picture into a grid, which is then replicated but enlarged onto the canvas. The artist then copies the picture block by block. By focusing on the picture, block by block, the artist is able to more realistically reproduce it. We also used the grid for creative purposes however.

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Self Portrait

This is a self portrait I did as I was observing an art class being taught. The class had to first do a pencil sketch of themselves and then draw a background either imagined or from a photo. Taking an NT cutter they were asked to cut out those lines/areas that you wanted visible (making a cool stylized image). This they then had to stick onto colored cardboard.It looked like such a cool project how could I not join in? Hope you like it, I do! 🙂

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