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This blog features art projects for children. These projects have been used in my classes. My lessons allow children to learn about all the elements and principles of art while striving to introduce them to many genres of art.

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Friday, June 7, 2013

An introduction to Chuck Close - Middle School

I have wanted to do a Chuck Close lesson with my middle school students for quite some time now.  I had the pleasure of seeing him a year ago at the NYSATA conference in New York city and it was truly inspiring. 
 I have seen several lessons on other blogs such as http://www.theartofed.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Chuck-Close-Grid-Drawing.pdf and took inspiration from them.
We began this lesson by using my students school photos.  I used photo shop to prepare a black and white sketch of each student.  A grid was drawn on 9" x 12" white drawing paper which incorporated measuring and ruler skills.  Their digital images were then placed underneath this grid and the contour of their image was outlined with pencil and later sharpie markers.  We discussed the importance of color and the students were encouraged to use an analogous color scheme.  
If a cool color scheme was used in the background it was suggested that a warm color scheme should be chosen for their portrait image.  Once these choices were made it was time to think about texture and pattern which would be incorporated onto the grid. 
In addition to learning about this relevant artist, it was a wonderful opportunity to study color, value, and texture. 
This lesson took four forty minute classes to complete. It was a very challenging and worthwhile lesson for the students.  It was interesting to see the variety of interpretations that they came up with.
 If you have not seen the You tube video CBS This Morning: Artist Chuck Close writes note to younger self I would highly recommend it.


  1. Pretty cool! I always struggled with how to present Chuck Close for kids. This is a great lesson.

  2. I love this post.its really very amazing.Such a great collections.


  3. These are all really neat. Thank you for sharing this amazing art project. I think it is great that you guys took your time and the kids got to learn a different approach to art. This is really a wonderful lesson.

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