In anticipation of visiting the Long Beach Museum of Art’s current exhibit, “About Face”, we are working on our portrait drawing skills.
We started out with a blow up of a face from a magazine copied onto paper in black and white. We cut the image in half vertically and pasted the left side of the face to a sheet of large white drawing paper. The other half remained unglued and used as a reference.
We talked about the proportions of a face and how to divide the head into six equal squares, two by three.
Then we had the students draw in the missing half of the face. Having half the face already on the page seemed to make them a bit more at ease and less fearful of putting pencil to paper. After getting in the basic features we encouraged them to add shading and to notice the light and dark contrasts in the photo. Drawing portraits has always been one of those things the kids find difficult to do and this approach seemed to work for them.
Next week we’ll do another portrait lesson- perhaps a self portrait on transparencies with marker so we can hang them in the windows and be seen from both inside and outside the classroom.
Still working out the details for a bus ride to the museum- cost is around $100 for public transportation(with one transfer) or $300 if we can get a school bus. Less than going to LA, which would be $600-$800. Admission is free to the museum since they are under 12. Free is good in this case. The show closes March 24 so we still have a few weeks. Testing season is rearing it’s ugly head and the teacher is under the gun to get the students prepared so it looks like we’ll have to wait until after the 8th of March to take our trip.
Testing = $$$
Art = ?????