Students will create a large wall drawing using a digital photograph of a staff member as a resource, but each student will only have one square inch of the photo to work from at a time!
With 80 squares to draw and put together, each of the four sections of Visual Art will compete against each other (and the clock) to complete their mural. This is a collaborative project where you the student run the class. I will not be in charge of this project, each class will nominate then vote for class leaders to run the project.
This project, more than any other, will teach you so many real world skills that you will need for the future. In college, in any job, in all relationships, and for the rest of your life -you will need to learn how to communicate and solve problems in groups, how to manage deadlines, how to overcome breakdowns (this is where your breakthroughs happen) in performance, how to lead and follow directions, and how to succeed.
This is our first collaborative project – you will succeed only if your classmates succeed! You cannot succeed while they fail, so the task is to find ways to get the whole class moving forward. You will sink or swim together, as a group. Pick a job that fits your personality and challenges you and you will gain valuable experience from this project. Here are all the steps you have to complete in the next week and a half:
Remember to use lighter, warmer colors for the light areas and darker, cooler colors for the darker parts. Just like the Toast Portrait on the left made completely from 1. burned, 2. browned, and 3. white toast we see that all you need to make the face recognizable is correct values- darks and lights! The human brain only needs these shadows, mid-tones, and highlights to “find” the features of the face.
Mystery Mural Jobs
Artist-100 pts- (everyone in class is an artist)
Production Supervisor-110 pts-nominated by peers
“Key” Master– 115 pts -nominated by peers
Color Supervisor– 110 pts – nominated
Cutters (2)- 105 pts –
Tapers (4) 105 pts –
Fillers (4)– 5 pts per square-
“the Boss”– 120 pts -entire class nominates, then votes
A Team Leader- 105 pts-
B Team Leader–105 pts-
C Team Leader–105 pts-
D Team Leader–105 pts-
E Team Leader–105 pts-
F Team Leader–105 pts-
G Team Leader–105 pts-
H Team Leader–105 pts-
Move out of your comfort zone and expose yourself to some new ideas and you will be amazed at how easy it is to get things done. I realize that most students do not crave the idea of working in groups, or running projects w/o teacher direction. I also know that this project will stay with you for your whole life if you really throw yourself into it.