Cubist Inspired Self Portraits
The Heart of Riverdale Community Centre
After School Art Exploration Course - Mondays
Instructor Barb Hinton & Youth Assistant Lia Dimsdale

• How can you communicate something about yourself by the way you choose to cut up a photograph of your own face?
• What do you have to say about your dreams and how you define yourself?
• How do you combine play, exploration, and freedom of choice with a pre-conceived vision?

I discovered that this group of young promising artists (grades 1-6) all have something in common: they are all creative risk takers with a lot to say.

We started exploring the idea of ‘self’ by learning about symmetry in animal and human faces. Then we dove into Picasso and Braque inspired Cubist videos and imagery. This was just a starting point. It was a way to shake up the status quo and encourage the artists to follow their intuition, be brave, and experiment.

Sometimes it’s not easy to look yourself square in the face, let alone cut yourself up only to distort your features, emotions, and psychological state even more.

Ultimately I think that all the artists discovered some bravery, a direct experience with the process of making art, and a chance to use their voice.

I bet they have some fresh insight into Picasso’s musings:

• Unless your work gives you trouble, it is no good.
• A good picture, any picture, has to be bristling with razor blades.
• Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.
• Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
• When the individuality of the artist begins to express itself, what the artist gains in the way of liberty he loses in the way of order.
• A picture is not thought out and settled beforehand. While it is being done it changes as one's thoughts change.
• There are artists who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.
• There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterwards you can remove all traces of reality. There's no danger then, anyway, because the idea of the object will have left an indelible mark.
• Everything you can imagine is real

Image Fox Peeking Through the Tall Grass By Olivia Rees

I like foxes because they are sneaky and brave. I took my time drawing the fox details in pencil first, and then I added fine tip marker. This is a picture of a fox in nature, in the tall grass and in front of a tree. I drew myself with a fur coat with different shades of red for the fur. I drew the fox from memory but also looked at pictures for inspiration.


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