PAINTING A PORTRAIT AT GOOMERI
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
Skye Davidson’s Modigliani portrait.
TALENT: Charmaine Hunt’s Sandra Silberzweig portrait.