Self-Portraits Published On Artsonia

“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.”  ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Self Portraits

For the past few weeks, all 5/6 art students have been working in self-portraits. Fifth grade artists have been learning to mix unique flesh tones and show shadows with darker complementary colors, usually blue and purple. Sixth grade artists have been learning to use charcoal pencils to draw themselves and have learned to use blending stomps and kneaded erasers to affect shadows and highlights on their drawings. Art students in both grades have been learning to SEE using dramatic light and “blurration”, which is the purposeful squinting of the eyes to blur sharp details and see light and dark. 

In most cases, using dramatic light results in dramatic drawings. All drawings have been uploaded to our Artsonia gallery accompanied by Artist Statements.

The fifth grade gallery Colorful Self Portraits can be found at:

The sixth grade gallery Charcoal Self-Portraits can be found at:

Here are some examples of what you will see when you visit the galleries:

Charcoal Self-Portraits

Colorful Self Portraits


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