I find myself telling my friends, parents and others..."If you see something cool take a photo of it and shoot it to me on text or email" This is a great example of how this is beneficial to many aspiring art students and art teachers. I have a friend, Meredith, she is great at this. This past weekend she was with her son at Oak Hall School in Gainesville, Florida for a lacrosse game. Yep, she passed by these buildings that had these outstanding Big Self Portraits on them.
On Monday, I decided to track down the art teacher from Oak Hall and his name is Robert Ponzio. If you click here it will take you to his schools Visual Arts Webpage. I promptly emailed him with some questions and he replied with a ton of information to share!!! I love #pln (Personal Learning Networks)!!! Yes, that is how art teachers communicate in the 21st Century. I have found that with this blog my sister and I have been so inspired by all that we see just linking up with other art teachers on social media. (Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)
Here is our correspondence:
Thanks for the note. This is a fun project that the students really seem to enjoy.
I do these mid year with my Drawing and Painting Honors class. This class spends the first part of the year working from life and as it progresses, challenges the students to get more creative. I have them paint these self portraits with their brushes at the end 0of long sticks. This enables them to get back from the painting, forces them to deal with the drips in a slightly out of control way. We start by looking at the art of Francois Nielly http://www.francoise-nielly.com/index.php/galerie Try to use her high key palette. They are painted on pieces of plywood with exterior gloss acrylic paint (front and back), and then coated with a clear coat. With the help of our maintenance crew we put them up outside.
Here is a Facebook album of one classes project from start to finish. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151656765906377.1073741841.518731376&type=1&l=9ea259587f
Also check out more of our work on the OHS Visual Arts FB page: https://www.facebook.com/oakhallart
Chair, Fine Arts
Oak Hall School
8009 SW 14th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32607