'Storyteller: Recovery', the final piece in Kate Powell’s A Level Art project, is a stunning self-portrait, completed using tinted graphite, coloured pencil, ink and collage. Demonstrating a superb level of observational drawing skill, the composition communicates a depth of emotion that is rare within a high school Art project: a visual expression of overcoming of struggles with self-harm / eating issues. The collaged, torn diary pages provide a textural base for the artwork, setting free…
Some students begin a project with enthusiasm, but are unable to maintain this for the duration of their project. Abby’s A2 Coursework submission remains detailed and comprehensive throughout. Keeping to a consistent presentation style, Abby produces page after page of beautiful visual and written investigation.
Frida Kahlo artist research by artist Abby Hope Skinner. This section of Abby’s Coursework project shows first-hand responses to subject matter (self-portraits of herself in the style of Frida Kahlo, posing with a cat, dog and plants). The photographs of her work in progress are captivating (normally these are not required; in this case they provide stunning evidence that under-drawings have been sketched entirely by hand, with proportions gauged by eye).
Teaching Self-Portraits: proportion vs. tracing face shapes. For grades 1-4 teach proportion. For grades 5-8 begin by having students trace a picture of themselves onto transparency using vis-a-vis marker. Students tape transparency into sketchbook for shape reference. For grades 9-12 teach both methods and introduce modeling/value