WORKS > Art Education

Grades 9-12
Lesson: Grayscale Portraits
2012

Overview: Students create tints and shades with acrylic paint in order to create a value study grayscale. Students then critically respond to the work of large- scale portrait artist Chuck Close, as well as how and why he creates photorealistic portraits at a large scale by watching an interview of the artist from a Colbert Report clip. Students then create their own grayscale self- portraits by transferring a photographic self- portrait onto canvas paper and then painting in grayscale and utilizing blending techniques as they are demonstrated by the teacher under a document camera/ video projection.[Elements: Value, Line, Form, Scale Discipline: Carbon transferring, Graph/ Scale transferring, Drawing/painting, Photorealism Artist: Chuck Close]

Objectives:
• Students critically respond to the work and intention of large- scale portrait artist Chuck Close and the processes that he utilizes to create artworks. (Standard 3)
• Students will utilize carbon transferring and scale/ graph transferring in creating their portraits in order to transfer photographic images in a highly effective manner. (Standard 2)
• Students will actively engage in the process of creating grayscale self- portraits by use of carbon transferring and scale/ graph transferring of a photographic self- portrait in order to develop Photorealism in portraiture. (Standard 1)
• Students will develop an understanding of the effectiveness of Photorealism and the use of transferring practices as an essential tool when creating a portrait. (Standard 4)