Self-portraits can be difficult.
We are often the most critical of our artwork. Now combine that with the criticism we experience when looking in a mirror and a self-portrait can be quite frustrating. Often we end up looking serious and almost statuesque. Instead of this stoic look, lets add some life our self-portraits by taking away some of the realism. By warping our image we take away the concern of getting the proportions just right. We can loosen up and be expressive in our line, shapes, and colors. In the end the portrait could be a better representation of ourselves than the representational, realistic images we come to know.
Francis Bacon, 1975. “I loathe my own face. . . . I’ve done a lot of self-portraits, really because people have been dying around me like flies and I’ve nobody else left to paint but myself.”
I chose arbitrary colors for my hair but used more natural tones for my skin. The color scheme I used was complimentary, yellow for the skin to contrast the purple of my hair. This adds a bit of realism with a punch of fun color.
This is just a short little presentation to get students interested in Cubism. High school students love drama, so why not include some art historical drama? This could be a lead in for a project or just a part of a series of interesting art history. People love random interesting facts and we love being the ones to share those facts. Give your students something to tell their friends and they will remember that long after they have forgotten your project.
Make sure you know your stuff on this topic, there will be questions I can guarantee it! And don't be afraid to say "I don't know", you can't know everything but you can look it up. Or it might be fun to let your students make a list of questions that they would like answered. Have everyone look up the answer to their question as homework and share what they learned next class.
^can't forget the photo bomber!
How do we grade art?