Monday, October 29, 2012

Sharpie Silhouettes

Once they were pretty comfortable with value, my high schoolers moved into working with positive and negative space. The assignemnet was to use a silhouette of themselves, but I find that my students (and most teenagers!) are really averse to drawing themselves. So, I compromised and let some of them choose a silhouette of an animal or other object as the basis for their piece. They had to first draw the silhouette and then they could either fill the inside of it or they could fill all of the negative space around it with doodles, words, and other imagery that related to them.

A lot of the pieces became self portraits in a way (even if it wasn't their silhouette) because most students ended up filling in the space in a sort of 'stream of consciousness' style. These definitely took a little longer than expected but the resluts were definitely worth it!
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