About this Project
Using the history of art since 1900 as a guide to self-discovery, students will choose an influential painting to research, evaluate, and appropriate. Through this process, each student will not only learn about the contextual history of the image, but will also discover the techniques and control required for its making. The final product should emulate, as closely as possible, the mood, surfaces, linear gestures, hues, and intensity of the original painting. Students are also required to change the context of the original image by somehow making it a self portrait.
All students will have two options as they approach this project. The first option is to recreate the original painting, replacing one of the figures with his or her own likeness. The second option is much more difficult, and requires the student to consider the visual characteristics of the studied artist’s collective body of work, creating a self-portrait that speaks clearly to the artist’s use of composition, color, line, texture, and mood. This second option will require the student to become very familiar with the tendencies of the studied artist.
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The Appropriated Self Portrait