Friday, December 4, 2009
I wanted to teach students how to do portraits in wire because it was a different medium from graphite, but similar in line quality. We first drew our faces while I demonstrated on the board. It was difficult without mirrors, but they used their hands to feel their features and I think it was helpful to draw them as a class. Then, I showed them Alexander Calder's work as inspiration and students sculpted their portraits in wire. As a way to transition from drawing to wire, students traced their portrait with wire (see Violet's in-progress work) while figuring out how to connect them so that it was all in one form. I think they look really Neat! (BTW, students used colorful wire, but the colors came out awful with my camera so I'm showing them b/w).