Cubism as Interpreted by my Grade One Students

Originally, I intended to give a full lesson on Picasso, but I kept hearing a nagging voice in my ear telling me that is overdone in art education. Maybe I could approach this from a different angle (pun intended!). Maybe I can get them to interpret portraits through Cubism... or as I introduced it, by … Continue reading Cubism as Interpreted by my Grade One Students

Portrait Project Five – Finding the right combination of isms to ask a question

Cubism is or can be a simple form of expressionism. One can pull in colour combinations from Fauvism; play with minimalism, and still stay inside the concepts of expressionism. For me, there is always one point of reference for what the portrait is trying to say... it's usually in and/or around the eyes. With or … Continue reading Portrait Project Five – Finding the right combination of isms to ask a question

A Cubist Momento Mori

I think I might have deviated a little from my usual process of using some specific inspiration as a base for new work. I say, "I think" because I've come to realize that my head is overflowing with millions of images I've ingested over the years and I no longer know where inspiration comes from. … Continue reading A Cubist Momento Mori

Casualty of War

Charcoal sticks and a little coloured charcoal rubbed over the page, blended, rubbed again, and blended again, then outlined... the end result is filled with pain and anguish. It reminded me of photographs of wounded soldiers, where it was hard to tell if the moment the camera captured was of them immobilized by their pain, … Continue reading Casualty of War

Post-Punk Picassoid

I actually didn't model this one off a Picasso image, but he does seem to show up a lot. This was modelled after a random portrait where the model had Cubist makeup and thick, almost unrealistically solid hair. I wasn't sure of the colours, but found the Eastern European features and African colours played a … Continue reading Post-Punk Picassoid