Facing Forward

We finished our self-portraits!

We are a pretty fine looking crew, don’t you think? Not every student portrait is represented in this mosaic, but I will up-date this image as the last few are handed in.

These were our first self-portraits, and it’s an exercise we will repeat. Many artists, from Rembrandt to van Gogh painted their portraits again and again throughout their lives. They were able to capture the physical changes in their faces and some subtle qualities of their personalities, too.

Congratulations, Division 16 artists! You did a terrific job. Looking at your portrait, do you feel it is a good representation of you? As you think ahead to doing another portrait in a few months, what will you do differently? What will you do the same?


  1. Nice work! I really like the detailed and carefully proportioned facial features! I also like the colour and pattern added to the negative space in the background. By finishing the background the pieces look more complete and the portraits ‘pop’ more. As an art teacher, I can appreciate the time and effort that goes into self portrait work. It will be interesting to compare these first pieces to future self portrait work!

  2. @Miss W,
    You are right! Just as soon as Edublogs lets us, we will be uploading our new avatars
    @ Errin,
    Thanks so much for visiting our blog, and for your kind comments! The originals have a lot more colour than this image shows. I hope we get braver about working with value to add greater depth to our work
    The little scribbly background squiggles are inspired by a children’s book illustrator.

  3. Wow! What a great site. Michael really likes computers. I am so pleased that he is getting such excellent training and experience. It’s much more interesting than what we did when I went to school.

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