This project aims to inspire debate around the cultural position of the selfie and its place in our contemporary visual landscape i.e. - can selfies be considered art? In the 16th century, it was only artists who had the tools to create self-portraits, whereas technological advances mean that all equipped audiences can now express themselves.
With the invention of instant cameras in the 1950’s, the practice of photography entered people’s daily lives. Taking photos became a way of documenting everyday life experiences. When smartphones were introduced to the public this practice became even more popular. The front-facing feature of smartphone cameras have made the practice of taking selfies incredibly common. Selfies are often derided as an inane form of expression yet they can convey a mood, create a scene or tell a story, and are often consciously staged in terms of composition, colour, lighting and backdrop.
(credit: Saatchi Gallery)
The first independent task is to take a 'selfie'.
Do this ASAP. You will not need it until later in the project but cannot complete the work if you do not have it.
Homework 1: Draw a Portrait
Homework 2: Pixelated Portrait
Homework 3: Artist Research
Students carefully transcribe a detail from one of Close's more abstract pieces. Equipment: colour pencils.
Click the button above to access a great website with plenty of exercises in scaling and transcribing images using different drawing techniques.