Back to Artistic Pursuits — today’s lesson: Portraits.
To simplify, I had the children focus on faces only. I sketched a face on paper as we talked, discussing eye and nose shapes and how the eyes are always much lower on the face that we initially think they are.
I assigned each boy a face on a book cover to replicate.
Sidney’s Benjamin Franklin portrait. . . . . . .
Lincoln’s boy from the cover of The Matchlock Gun
Rachel’s eyes caught the book cover of Anne of Green Gables, and she begged that we draw it. I stationed myself between the girls. We studied Anne’s eyes and drew them in slowly, first the upper curve, then the lower curve, the girls carefully tracing over my lines, step-by-step.
Every time I do a drawing with the girls this way, I have misgivings that I am encouraging artistic dependence on me. And each time, it seems to unleash a flurry of artistic initiative in the days following, so that they attempt more difficult pictures on the their own.
Rachel loved the fact that Anne had red hair . . . .”She has red hair like me, Mama.”
Apparently, Rachel prefers her art to be realistic, while Prairie . . . . .
sees the world through a different lense.