SchoolArts Magazine

MAY-JUN 2007

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contrapuntal format in the picture plane. I generally work with 18 x 24" (46 x 61 cm) white paper and have students draw a 3" (8 cm) border. Students were asked to completely cover their drawing surface either vertically, horizontally, or diagonally, from edge to edge, using oneinch-wide masking or artist tape. Each strip of tape had to be parallel and next to the previous one, and never overlap. To ensure that the tape came off without damaging the paper, students stuck the it to some part of their clothes or other fabric before adhering it to the drawing surface. Students then pulled off some of the strips of tape alternately before beginning to draw. This revealed a striped drawing surface of tape and paper for their first of two self-portraits. After students completed their first self-portrait on top of tape and paper, they pulled off all of the tape. For the second self-portrait, students were asked to first spray fix and then cover the existing portrait with strips of tape, creating a clean, new surface. Another complete portrait was then drawn on this new surface of tape and paper. Strategic planning was needed since parts of both portraits would be discarded. Some students chose opposing viewpoints of their face, two time periods, or two styles of clothing. You can make this project much less complicated or more involved using color, collage, photography, electronic, or any media available. And why limit it to portrait? Extend or replace the process using still life or landscape. Assessment Talking about student work in progress always helps us focus on ways to help students satisfy technical, as well as content-driven and creative objectives. The group decides on what key issues will be included in a rubric which we follow. I supply students with several models of how to look at artworks including Kent Nerburn's Critical Windows of Access, and David Perkins' model of Uncovering the Invisible. Left: Work in progress. Above right: Finished work. Rice, grade ten. Resources Daniel Green: Pastel Portrait. North Salem, NY: Exclusive Art Products, Inc., 1989, 90 min., VHS. Hockney, David. Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters. New York: Viking, 2001. Keyes, Rishel & Shackelford. Van Gogh: Face to Face, The Portraits. New York: Thames & Hudson, 2000. Mollhagen, Nancy. "Inner Image." SchoolArts, September: 2004. Rockman, Deborah A. The Art of Teaching Art. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. Tom Wagner is adjunct professor at the Maryland College of Art & Design and an art teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools in Alexandria, Virginia. Thomas. NatioNal StaNdardS Students conceive and create works of visual art that demonstrate an understanding of how the communication of their ideas relates to the media, techniques, and processes they use. Web liNkS sparkers/self_portrait/self_portrait. html SchoolArts May/June 2007 33

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