Lower School Students Create Expressive Portraitures

Collegiate School 3rd and 4th Grade artists recently observed and discussed composition, emotion, realism and symbolism in relation to the portraits of Kehindé Wiley, Francisco Goya, Pablo Picasso, FrédéricBazille and Georges de La Tour.
The students noted positions, expressions and lighting, and closely watched drawing demonstrations. They then chose photographs to use as inspiration for creating an original portrait conveying their subject’s unique features and character traits.

The 3rd and 4th Graders were asked not to think about the photos as faces, but as collections of shapes, and to use their powers of observation to place the shapes and colors to "build" an expressive portrait. The young artists titled their concepts with the feelings that their works evoked.

The students took the assignment quite seriously, participating in mini-critiques to assess the expressive impact of their work on the viewer.