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GHS Art I Portraits and New Unit-COLOR

GHS Art I Portraits and New Unit-COLOR

Here are some of the completed self-portraits from Mrs. Johnson’s Art I classes!  I am so proud of all of the hard work that went into these stunning portraits.  I have an incredibly talented bunch of Art I students this year and can’t wait to see what else they create.  Look for these displayed in the hallways towards the end of this week…




We began our unit on COLOR last week and will continue this week.  COLOR and COMPOSITION will be the main topics of this art project.  Students will create a colored pencil drawing that is inspired by nature.  We will build on the VALUE lessons from the portrait unit and create beautiful, colorful drawings.

Art I Portrait Unit Test Tuesday, September 25

Art I Portrait Unit Test Tuesday, September 25

The self-portraits look fantastic!  I am amazed by the results of those who have completed this drawing project.  Look for more photographs of the finished products on next week’s blog.  I hope to have these on display in the front hallway by the end of next week, be sure to stop by and check them out!

The due date for the portraits has been extended until the end of the class on Tuesday.

Portrait UNIT TEST will be given in class on TUESDAY, September 25.  Each student took home a study guide that I will post it on this blog as well.


We will begin our next unit of study and project on Thursday.  This unit is on color theory; we will be using colored pencils to create several drawings.



Art I

Portrait Unit Study Guide


Value-the darkness or lightness of a hue


Hue-A color’s name


Line-the path of a dot through space


Elements of Art- Basic visual symbols artists use to create works of visual art.  The elements of art are line, shape, form, space, color, texture, and value.


Portrait – A work of art that represents a specific person, a group of people, or an animal. Portraits usually show what a person looks like as well as revealing something about the subject’s personality. Portraits can be made of any sculptural material or in any two-dimensional medium. Portraiture is the field of portrait making and portraits in general.


Self-Portrait-a portrait an artist makes using himself or herself as the subject


Andy Warhol- American Artist, 1928-87, painter and printmaker, considered a Pop artist 



POP art is an art movement that began in the United States in the 1960’s.  The name comes from the pictorial references to popular culture.


Rembrant van Rijn, Dutch Artist, 1606-69, painter and printer, considered a part of the Dutch Golden Age



Mary Cassatt-American Artist, 1845-1926, painter, considered an Impressionist painter



Vincent van Gogh-Dutch 1853-90, painter, considered a Post-Impressionist painter




Pablo Picasso-Spanish, 1881-1973, painter and sculptor, considered a Cubist artist (for part of his career)



M.C. Escher- Dutch, 1898-1972, printmaker, art considered to be a realist, surrealist, graphic artist



Frida Kahlo-Mexican, 1907-54, painter, considered a surrealist painter



Jacob Lawrence-African-American painter, 1917-2000, referred to his style as “dynamic cubism”


Chuck Close-American, born 1940, painter, photographer, and printmaker, contemporary photorealist artist


Elizabeth King-American, born 1950, sculptor and film, contemporary



Background-  In art, things in the picture that seem distant or in the back of the picture.  With this project, be careful not to let the background overwhelm or diminish the main subject area, the portrait.


Grid process- For this project, you used a grid process to help with the proportions and the enlargement of the self-portrait.  We worked from a photograph and with a 1 to 2 ratio.


Ratio-for this project, the relationship of things that are the same (the photo and the portrait)


Craftsmanship- the craft of taking pride in the work you are making, being neat, taking your time, and doing your best work.


Blending-In this art project, merging the values applied to the paper with pencil


Shading- Showing change from light to dark or dark to light in a picture by darkening areas that would be shadowed and leaving other areas light.  Shading is often used to produce illusions of dimension and depth and to achieve realism.


Drawing Pencils-used to produce a range of values from light to dark

2H       H         HB       B          2B       4B

light <—————————–> dark

2H lead is compressed and draws lighter

4B lead is thicker and draws darker






Art I Portraits

Art I Portraits

Look at the progress Art I students have made on their self-portraits!  Check out the pictures on last week’s blog and compare to this week’s pictures…wow.  The use of value shading is resulting in the emergence of realism.


The portraits are to be completed and turned in by FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21.


Be sure to bring your sketchbook on Monday.  We will be completing a self-evaluation of all of the assignments in the sketchbook and I will be collecting them to grade them for interims.

Self Portraits

Self Portraits

Mrs. Johnson’s Art I classes finally started the self-portrait drawings that we have been preparing for!  Students are working from photographs to create a large-scale, realistic, pencil drawn self-portrait.  Students began this process using a grid on the photograph and a larger grid on the drawing paper.  We are starting by identifying the key lines of the facial features and will then go on to start adding value shading to create realism.  As students progress through this process, we will spend time talking about each facial feature and making sure that proportions are accurate.