I gave out two difficult assignments this round. The students worked outdoors and drew directly from nature for the class assignment, and for homework I asked them to draw a self-portrait. They were dealing with structure, texture, and depth.
The class was outside 4 days. I heard about how things had drooped, grown and changed. I heard about the wind, and the bugs. It’s part of the experience – they handled it well, including the Phoenix heat, which is no joke. It was October, and the days they were outside were in the 90’s.
Self – Portraits
This is a difficult assignment and not everyone is ready for critique. But those that are talk about the process. For some, it was their first try at a self – portrait. As usual some say they’ll never do one again. Never say never …
- They can’t use a photo.
- They must work life-size or larger.
- They communicate something about themselves in the image.
- Any medium.
The portrait I do best is of the person I know best. – Nadar