‘Close’ Self Portrait

The 7th grade class worked in the style of contemporary artist Chuck Close to produce self portraits, students translated a gridded photograph of themselves onto a similarly gridded paper. I like to have students learn this method so that they can see past the complexity of an image and focus on only a small section; square by square the picture comes together like a puzzle.

Chuck Close began his career as a photorealist and became well known in the mid 70’s for his large scale portraits. On December 7, 1988, Close felt a strange pain in his chest and within a few hours he was paralyzed from the neck down.  Doctors were confused but eventually their diagnosis was  a rare spinal artery collapse, Close called that day “The Event”. After much physical therapy Close was able to make basic movements and continued to paint on with a brush strapped onto his wrist with tape, this time in a similar style but low-resolution.

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  1. Bill

    These are great drawings. I’ve really enjoyed following along with your class. It looks like such fun.

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