Wednesday, September 17, 2008

5th GRADE--Chuck Close Self Portraits

The 5th grade students learned about the artist Chuck Close. His first paintings were called Photo Realism because they looked like they could have been black and white photographs. Chuck Close ended up having a spinal collapse, which paralyzed him from the neck down. He had such a passion for art that he wanted to continue but he had to totally change his style because he could not longer grip a paintbrush. He went through a lot of therapy to finally get motion back in his arms. Because he cannot grip a paintbrush he has a glove that he Velcro’s a brush to the top of his hand. He is not able to get the fine detail like he used to so he changed his painting style an impressionism style. He used grids and overlaps different colors of circles and hearts onto his canvas to create some really interesting portraits of people. The students had to create their own grid drawing using a photo of themselves and Chuck Close's Impressionistic Style.

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