Children's Museum of the Arts which provides art education in classrooms across New York City.
Our artist in residence, Margaret, taught our students the fundamentals of color (primary, secondary, color mixing, tints, tones, shades, etc.) and line while engaging in motivating hands-on art projects.
Several weeks ago Margaret introduced us to self portraits through the work of artist David Hockney. She invited the children to create their own self portraits influenced by David Hockney's style. This includes a strong, single colored, solid background behind the central figure of a face to include perhaps some of the neck and shoulder area.
We were guided through the process with Margaret modeling for the students as she created her own self portrait.
Each student was given a small mirror to look at themselves as they drew their portrait in pencil on large sheets of paper. Margaret had prepared each sheet by outlining the edges with masking tape so that when the tape was removed (after painting) it would create a clean line to frame the art.
She instructed them in mixing paints to create their skin tone, how to paint eyes and to add finishing touches such as outlining the pencil marks in black marker to make it pop.
The finished pieces blew me away. I could easily see them used as illustrations in children's books.
I was very pleased to see some of the parents reactions to the self portraits.
As they stated, these are indeed worthy of framing.
This experience is just another instance of children surprising me with their talent and insight.
What a gift for Thanksgiving!