PAINT­ING A POR­TRAIT AT GOOMERI

South Burnett Times - - SOUTH BURNETT SCHOOL NEWS -

THE Goomeri State School P- 10 Sec­ondary elec­tive Art class em­barked on a dis­cov­ery tour of por­trai­ture art. We started by in­ves­ti­gat­ing our top 10 Archibald por­traits and de­vel­oped some draw­ing skills in creat­ing our own.

Once the stu­dents were feel­ing con­fi­dent in creat­ing their own por­traits they re­searched, com­pared and con­trasted the work of two very dif­fer­ent artists. The stu­dents in­ves­ti­gated the work of Modigliani and San­dra Sil­berzweig. They wrote about their anal­y­sis of these artists and used this to in­form their ideas and de­ci­sion for their two ma­jor self- por­traits.

The stu­dents then had to cre­ate two self- por­traits in­spired by both artists. They were given pas­tels to use for their Modigliani piece and water­colour and pen for their Sil­berzweig por­trait.

The stu­dents en­joyed look­ing at how two artists could have such dif­fer­ent ap­proaches and style in por­trai­ture art. Some Year 9 com­ments were:

When we were first pre­sented with Modigliani por­traits, our first im­pres­sions where how sad and som­bre the ex­pres­sions where on the faces of his por­traits. It was dif­fi­cult to elon­gate fa­cial fea­tures when you had learnt the ba­sic rules of por­trait draw­ing, but fi­nally we started to get the knack of adding black and brown to our colours and mak­ing our noses twice as long. — Skye David­son When I was pre­sented with the work of Sil­berzweig my first im­pres­sion was that it was bright, colour­ful, full of shapes with lots of in­for­ma­tion. It was in­ter­est­ing to try and un­der­stand her dis­or­der and how she saw the world that we can’t see. It was lots of fun to be in­spired by her art­work and make my own por­trait. — Char­maine Hunt

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Skye David­son’s Modigliani por­trait.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

TAL­ENT: Char­maine Hunt’s San­dra Sil­berzweig por­trait.

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