SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMS
Studio art classes for students entering grades 4-9. A two-week
program available in half or full days.
July 5–15, 2011
For students in grades 10-12, studio classes in specific disciplines.
July 5–15, 2011
SUMMER STUDIO IN ART AND DESIGN
A four-week, pre-college program for students entering junior
and senior years in high school. Study art in the unique
atmosphere of a college for the visual arts. On-campus housing
is available. Students may apply for college credit.
July 18–August 13, 2011
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are a fun and versatile art game. They
can be used to introduce students to a
wide variety of artists and art skills.
With practice, they are adjustable to
any class period, and are appropriate
for all ages.
All you need to start a portrait
party is a clock with a second hand,
drawing materials, paper, and an art
problem. What are the proportions of
the head and face? Gesture drawing?
Blind contour? Sighting techniques?
You teach it. Your students will listen
in anticipation of the party.
Set Up Teams
Organization is key. Be sure to explain
what a portrait party is and what is
expected from the participants. Students will take turns drawing each
other. They can pair off for a portrait
party lesson; but, in my experience,
small groups work better.
Teams of three students are better for short classes, teams of four or
five for longer classes. A third student
minimizes group conflict, motivates
the model to stay still, and challenges
the second artist to try harder.
Get the Party Started
Start the party with a quick round of
portraits. Thirty-second, one-minute,
or two-minute portraits all work well.
Adjust this round to your class time.
The quick round ensures that every
student gets a chance to draw and to
model. It also gets students’ creativity
going and shows everyone how easy or
hard it is to draw and model.
Give students a few seconds to
share their portraits between poses. If
you are teaching a specific art skill,
now is a good time to quietly assess
students’ work before individual
Continue the party with a series of
five- to ten-minute poses depending
on students’ ages and maturity level.
Remind students of the skills they
should be practicing while drawing.
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offer individual instruction while students work.
Why Portrait Parties Work
A group portrait party is ideal for this
kind of instruction because none of
the portraits becomes too precious.
Students can blame bad drawings
on the time limit. Students will do
several portraits in a short period, so
you have that many opportunities to
gauge their progress and adjust your
By the end of the portrait party,
each student will have created a small
series of portraits. Assessment varies,
but the series itself offers students and
teachers a wonderful evaluation. Did
the portraits improve from beginning
to end? Students enjoy a huge ego
boost when you can put the portraits
in order and prove their success to
Teachers can join the Portrait Party
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students’ portraits online or to set up
portrait parties between schools. Any
way you use it, a portrait party is a
fun way to practice art and to build
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