Re: [art_education] Re: RE:Thumbprint portrait
- The artist Chuck Close did a fabulous portrait using thumbprints alone- using the grid method, he determines the darks and the lights (i this case using black or lack of black alone). He did many of them! Here's one if it will load. If it doesn't load try this link-And to think that his art continued after a debilitating aneurysm that put him in a wheelchair.Wow! Barbara----- Original Message -----From: Paige ConnSent: Friday, November 02, 2007 4:26 PMSubject: RE: [art_education] Re: RE:Thumbprint portrait
Great ideas!! Love to just brainstorm. I will probably not be starting this until after the holidays, so there is plenty time to contemplate. I am really excited about it though. I have never worked with woodblock with my students. I have always thought it would be too expensive for 200 or so students (that's how many I have per grade level. But that sounds perfect. You could do some cool "Warholish" color blocks that way. hhhmmm.....
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Subject: [art_education] Re: RE:Thumbprint portrait
That is a pretty cool ideal- and a perfect candidate for cross
curriculum cooperation. I think it would very simple to get the kids
to make a larger picture out of nothing but thumb prints- an old ideal
updated by these new artists concepts. Not making a thumb print into
a person with legs and arms, but using many, many thumbprints to help
create a face or a single tree. I know there is also an artist that
does that, but I have only seen their work. I don't know their name.
If you were planning on enlarging the fingerprint, a wood block cut
would also be a good process because it would naturally leave those
It would take a lot of time and effort, especially for a class,
but you could take a finger print, blow it up on xerox just until it
got became out of focus, take a digital photograph of it in micro
setting. I bet you could a really good 6 x6 out of that process. I
wonder how many times that would take to get a 12 x 12 image?
Thanks for sharing that wonderful ideal. I also do a different self
portrait process every year.
--- In art_education@ yahoogroups. com <mailto:art_ education% 40yahoogroups. com> , "Paige Conn" <paigec@...> wrote:
> Just received my gift catalog from MOMA last night and loved the
Adrian Salamuniovic and Nazim Ahmed "modern spin on the traditional
portrait. I thought these would be fabulous portraits to do in class.
I try to do a different type of portrait every year with my 1-5 graders.
> Has anyone every created such a piece? If so, I'd love to hear
about the processes you explored. I am thinking of teaming up with
our Science Lab teacher to create these.
> Fredericksburg, Texas
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- Chuck Close did a remarkable, and huge of course, portrait of a woman with all thumb prints. It was in the National Gallery, may still be there. You may be able to find this portrait on Artchives.Good luck and thanks for reminding me about this method of protraiture, I think I will give it a try with my students also!Diane