Grade 6 – Chuck Close

This artwork focused on the American artist Chuck Close. Now a number of the learners at our school (as at any school) have great obstacles that they have and will have to overcome in their lives. Chuck Close is an artist who overcame the hugest of hurdles to become a world famous artist. For one, he is a quadriplegic. For another, he has prosopagnosia, which makes it almost impossible for him to recognize faces.  He began painting portraits, in part, to overcome this difficulty. You can watch a small intro video to Chuck Close HERE.

Our learners first learned about Mr Close and his background. They then learned the technique he uses to make huge, super realistic portraits using paint and other media. He divides his canvas up into a grid which correlates to a grid drawn on a smaller photo of a persons face. Instead of focusing on the picture as a whole, he transfers the image block by block (Often called the grid method). We took the concept of the grid method and pushed it, using the grid as a creative tool.

Though some of the learners struggled a bit with expanding an A4 p

age to the A3 paper using the grid method, the learners creativity made up for this. The end results of the project speak for themselves, The artworks are beautiful!

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Senior Art Club – Tinfoil Sculptures

20150825_152834I discovered tinfoil as a medium for making 3D sculptures last year. I was doing a class on puppetry with my grade 9 learners and was attempting to make a head. I found that Tinfoil worked wonders!

T20150825_152925he senior art club learners found the same thing! They were given a small section of tinfoil and asked to create an animal. My estimate for how much tinfoil would be needed proved to be very insufficient but this was not a real problem. The work that was produced was beautiful! (As you can see)

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Tinfoil is a very interesting medium to sculpt out of. It can be very pliable though when compressed becomes very hard. Another thing one has to look out for is the way that sheets of tinfoil can separate if not crumpled up together sufficiently. We painted our sculptures with glue once we had finished the actual work of sculpting.

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Grade 4 – Portraits of Sasha (The school cat!)

003  Our school has a very cute cat called Sasha. All the kids adore Sasha!

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The lesson began with a short introduction to Fauvism and Matisse. Without going into any great depth, we looked at how the Fauvists would use colour to express emotion rather then try and duplicate reality. Les Fauves actually means “Wild beasts” in French, which is what their contemporaries were calling them!

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Our grade 4s then made their own Fauvist picture of Sasha using oil pastels. This was done on white paper. When they had finished this, they cut it out and then stuck it on black sugar paper. They could cut out pictures from magazines and include them in their pictures. Many of the learners did this very well!!

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