blind contour portraits

The second project students completed for Color & Design was blind contour portraits. The challenge the students were presented with was to draw another student without looking at their papers and without lifting their pencil. The purpose of this project was to familiarize students with the practice of observation. The students are learning to draw what they see and not what they think they see. After completing the initial line drawing, the students were asked to chose to either paint the entire page or fill in closed spaces using liquid watercolors. They focused on craftsmanship and blending techniques. While students found this assignment challenging, I was pleased with the results, and more importantly, the process.

Note: This project was meant to be a self-portrait assignment, however, the mirrors were missing for a week!

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