Workshop: Hands & Feet Portrait

Workshop: Hands & Feet Portrait

Day 2 – In The Zone was back at HBIS for our school holiday ‘Paint & Create’ workshops and today, the learners painted a large stretched canvas portrait.

After a quick demonstration on ‘foreshortening, the learners traced their shoes and were made aware of interesting patterns and colours of the ‘tracks’ under their shoes. They then traced their hands with fingers spread. And much to the amusement of everyone, we all marched off to the girls’ bathroom to use the mirror while they all drew their own faces.

  

We made each learner aware of the shape and proportions of their face, position of eyes and ears and the subtleties of lip lines, eyebrows, etc. Following that, each learner had to ‘join’ up their hands, head and feet with lines that represented clothing.

They then traced their drawings onto their canvas by using the window as a lightbox. Then the painting began! Whoohoo!

  

Once nearing completion, the learners were introduced to ‘washing’ – painting with water to create a wash-like background. The final touches and details were put in place, signatures signed and photos taken.

  

  

Some of those who finished early, got to play with a scratch board to pass the time.

That was all followed by snack time. Talk time. Silly balloon play time. Laugh-a-lot time.

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  • “And painted portraits have a life of their own that comes from
    deep in the soul of the painter and where the machine can’t go.”
    – Vincent van Gogh

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