Grid Paintings

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Chuck Close self portrait

The students in Color & Design created “pixelated” grid paintings after learning about the artist Chuck Close.  Famous for his distinct style and grid method technique, Close is a contemporary artist who has overcome a great deal of obstacles in his lifetime. The students first photographed a person, place, or thing to represent their favorite thing about school. Then they created a .5″x.5″ grid over their printed photograph. They then created a second grid using 1″ increments. After learning how to properly mix acrylic paint to achieve the perfect shade, students carefully painted each section of their grid, one square at a time. This grid method technique can be used to enlarge images in various situations. Although the students thought the project took a long time, I think they had excellent results.

Here are a few of the paintings. Some of the examples include the original photograph for reference.

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