Self Portrait Assignment Ideas For Physical Education

Create a super-sized selfie!

Contemporary artist Chuck Close is one of the most celebrated portrait artists of our time. Close quickly mastered his study of photo-realistic painted portraiture, and, looking for a challenge, created a series of “self-imposed limitations” to push his style in a new and unique direction.

Suffering from both dyslexia and the inability to remember faces (prosopagnosia), Close created a grid-like system of painting by pattern. This allowed him to take one small piece of a portrait at a time, which felt less overwhelming. He also believed that every subject was, in fact, the sum of its parts at the moment of capture, whether by camera or painter, and the grid process forced him to attend to each individual element of a face, rather than seeing the face as a single entity. Although he works in an ever-changing variety of methods, including painting, photography, printing, and others, his grid process remains the same.

Close’s oversized works are credited with reviving self-portraiture. His famed Big Self Portrait stands nine feet tall and boasts a head 50 times larger than life. At this scale, it becomes evident that each individual grid of the portrait is as important as every other, and each has been meticulously painted to represent exactly what Close sees in that portion of the photograph from which he is working.

Your students can create their own, Close-inspired self-portraits using Close’s own grid system. Beginning with an enlarged selfie depicting a unique characteristic, such as the angle of the smile, glasses or other accessories, or the tilt of the head, students will break the image into a grid and paint each individual block as they see it in the photograph. This project will provide practice in grid work images, color relationships, and the integration of parts into a whole, and will result in a truly one-of-a-kind portrait.

Download a complete lesson plan for this project, including images, step-by-step directions, and a materials list, today!

For Grades 6-12, AP.

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