Portraits: Study and Practice

Course FR34| Mrs. Elena Cipolla

Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors (0.5 credit)

Have you ever wondered about the “Portrait Mode” on your iPhone? In the age of selfies, what happens when we flip the lens, and concentrate all of our energy on a single subject? What do we learn about others through the art of portraiture, and how do these images help us to capture the human experience? The documentation of human figures has featured prominently in art throughout the ages, through mediums such as sculpture, figure drawing, painting and photography. It has helped us to capture the images of royals and celebrities, the rich and the famous, and even the common man (and woman!). In this course, we will explore technical aspects of portraiture by both studying art history and creating art. An overview of famous artists such as Diego Velazquez, Johannes Vermeer, Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Andy Warhol, Mary Cassatt, Frieda Kahlo, and Richard Avedon, as well as the portraits they created, will introduce students to important art concepts such as line drawing, color theory, composition, and stylistic movements. Students will then be allowed to create their own portraits using these concepts. The course will culminate in a final collection of portraiture created by students. This class is open to both artists and non-artists alike.

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