Portrait Demo, charcoal on paper, 24" x 18"
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
On Sunday, I had the distinct pleasure of working with two parents who have a child in my daughter's class. Earlier this year, I was approached by the school's Art Teacher, who asked if I would be willing to do a video interview on portraiture for 3rd - 5th graders. Well an interview turned into a video demonstration of a how I would approach the portrait in charcoal. I asked one of the moms from the class if she could volunteer her time as my model. She not only offered that, but also the very skilled hand of her husband, a professional film maker. Whoa - no pressure now! The three of us managed to have a fantastically funny and productive afternoon. I was able (between out-takes) to present some pretty big concepts and technical approaches to the portrait, yet in an easily digestible way for any 3rd grader to understand (hopefully). Here is the drawing that was created for the demo. All in all, I think I had about 2 hours in on this drawing. It will be fun to see the full edited version of the video and especially to hear of the children's reactions! How amazing to be a part of something for our future artists. Thank you to my fantastic model and her camera man. Also, I am quite grateful to Mrs. M for the wonderful opportunity and for her extraordinary efforts to share her love of Art with our children.