Wednesday, January 29, 2014


We are starting our self portrait project.  Since the word of the year for 2013 was "Selfie"  I thought this was an amazing resource.  We are looking at the work of Kehinde Wiley, New York artist who puts hip hop artists and people off the streets in the same poses as European master portraits from centuries ago.

Da Vinci's Lady with an Ermine

Jacques-Louis David- Napoleon Crossing the Alps

Wiley's Version of Napoleon crossing the Alps- 2005

Kehinde Wiley

Kehinde Wiley

The artist Kehinde Wiley himself

Students pose for the photo, I print it out, they trace on transparency, put on projector and get large format.  add crazy backgrounds, and paint.
Kehinde Wiley works big, so we did too: these are 18x 24 inches!  Took us a month!

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