Art 1 – for in-class 1/29 – Close “breaking it down into pieces”


For this week’s homework, complete your graphite portrait drawing and turn in by Friday 2/6. You may take your portrait home and work during tutorials.

For inspiration and in-class viewing 1/29:

In his career as a painter of colossal portraits, Chuck Close (American, b. 1940) has used the grid method as a formal structure in his work. In his early years as a Hyper-realist, Close hid the grid with paint. In his later work, the grid becomes an essential part of his paintings.

1. Consider the significance of Close’s technique and use of the grid in both his Hyper-realist and new style of painting.

2. In his more recent work, consider how the viewer’s attention can shift from surface pattern to the overall image.


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