Thursday, September 23, 2010

The portraits are all finished, the exhibition over!

Our exhibition.

The small photos below include the original photo that was projected onto the screen for the child to draw/trace over.

The other photos show the child working at various stages of his/her art work.

This display shows artworks done by some children since completing their portraits.
Some of the principles learnt during the portrait
painting process are now being transferred to paintings done at the easel independent of any adult support. e.g mixing their own colours

Examples of portraits for the children to study

Teacher's workshop on drawing eyes!

The process from the outline to the background

This is where we started!

The exhibition was a huge success. Lots of mums, dads, brothers, sisters, aunties, uncles, grandparents, students, lecturers, teachers and friends cruised through during the evening!

Well done all the children at St AndrewsEpsom ECC!

Friday, August 27, 2010

The eyes have it!

Emma 3.7

Danielle 3.6

Issy 4.3

Charlie 3.7

Mimi 4.4

Ahren 4.8

Maddie 4.5

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Our Eyes

Toyah has been taking photos of the children's eyes and laminating them. We've had fun trying to work out who the eyes belong to!

Some of the children spot the owners straight away!

We put the laminated photos onto a table with pencils and paper and have been looking at them and drawing them.

Ishwari 's checking our her eyes in the mirror



Saturday, August 21, 2010

Our portraits so far!

These portraits look good already and we haven't done the facial details yet.

We had to have a workshop for the staff with an artist Paul Johnston to figure out how to do the eyes!

Some of our parents have kindly brought in portraits that they have at home for us to show the children.

In this image you can see the black outline, the green underpainting and one portrait with the flesh and sweatshirt painted.

These have all been done by children between the ages of 2 and 5.

Friday, August 13, 2010

more on our self portraits


Now for some facial details and some background


Looks just like her too!



Flesh and hair finished - clothing to come


Face underpainting completed

Next stage - flesh colour to be added

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Monday, July 26, 2010

The next step in portrait painting at Kindy

3 yrs

Nina drawing her portrait using her image from the data projector.

3 yrs

Nina painting the outlines of her portrait

Isabella 3 yrs

Grace 3 yrs
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3 yrs

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Portraits at Kindy


One day we decided to do something new with our drawing.

We projected onto a piece of A2 paper a photo of the face of one of the children. The intention was for the child to draw on his/her projected face using pencil.

We quickly realised that this was a totally new idea for the children and so Toyah sat down and worked alongside each child talking through the process as she went. (We call this scaffolding.)


On another day we introduced charcoal which we found to be quite successful because it was darker than pencil and it smudges which results in great shading.

Lots of children were interested in the process and drew their portrait alongside and adult.

Now some of the children are drawing on their own without an adult alongside.