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'Me, Myself & I'

'Cubist Portraiture'
'Opie Portraiture'
'Warhol Portraiture'

The face is probably the most interesting part of the human form. All of us, all six billion or more, have a unique appearance. The face is the focus of how our identity is visually represented to the world at large. Hundreds of individual muscles in the face enable us to alter our expressions in a countless number of ways. Ever since man began recording imagery he has illustrated faces. In Art we call this portraiture:

'Identikit Portraits'

When learning about the structure of the human face, there are some generally recognised ground rules: Often the shape of the head is likened to an oval. If a cross was drawn across the oval, the eyes would be roughly in the position of the horizontal plane. The eyes tend to be spaced the width of one eye apart. Of course everyone's size and shape varies, there isn't a 'standard' mould that we all squeeze into. To develop skills in drawing portraits, one tried and tested method is 'identikit'. By drawing sections of the face at a time, it is possible to fit these together to form a complete image. Below are the valiant efforts of three Year 8 pupils at Colyton Grammar School:

'Fauvist Portraits'

The Fauves such as Henri Matisse were interested in using discordant colour in the portraiture. Unnatural hues of green, blue and purple were characteristic of this unusual and dramatic style. In the examples below oil pastel has been used for its highly blendable qualities: