For this project, you will paint a portrait and use the artist Kehinde Wiley for your background inspiration.

Check out this beautiful work by the artist:

Notice the highly detailed background? Flowers and patterns, that’s what you will use for inspiration when creating your own painting.

You are going to create something like this student’s self-portrait:

Disclaimer: I do not know who to give credit to for this image, I found it on Pinterest.

Posterize Your Image:

The first step in this project is to locate a portrait that you will alter in Photoshop. Follow these instructions to create your posterized image:

  1. Paste image into Photoshop.
  2. Right click the layer in the Layers panel and choose Duplicate Image….
  3. Go to Image → Adjustments → Posterize… and adjust the first layer to 4 levels and the second (duplicated) layer to 2 levels.
  4. Go to Filter → Filter Gallery… and select the Cutout filter. Set the Number of Levels to 4, the Edge Simplicity to 4, and the Edge Fidelity to 2. Use it once on each layer with the same settings.
  5. Set the Opacity of the second (duplicated) layer to 62%.
  6. Add a Brightness/Contrast… adjustment layer and put the brightness all the way up, leave the contrast at 0.
  7. Print your image

Because I want you to focus on Value, Color-Mixing, and Design for this project you are able to utilize the document camera and trace your portrait image to your canvas.

Once your have your image traced, work out your background design. Using Kehinde Wiley’s work as inspiration, create a design or pattern. If you need to repeat the exact shapes/elements all over the background draw one section of your design and use a simple graphite transfer process to repeat it.

When you begin painting remember:

Learning Standards   

Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work. VA:Cr1.1.I  a. Use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors. VA:Cr1.2.III a. Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices, following or breaking established conventions, to plan the making of multiple works of art and design based on a theme, idea, or concept.

 Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.    VA:Cr2.1.I a. Engage in making a work of art or design without having a preconceived plan.    VA:Cr2.1.II a. Through experimentation, practice, and persistence, demonstrate acquisition of skills and knowledge in a chosen art form.  VA:Cr2.2.I a. Explain how traditional and nontraditional materials may impact human health and the environment and demonstrate safe handling of materials, tools, and equipment.

Anchor Standard 3: Revise, refine, and complete artistic work.  VA:Cr3.1.II a. Engage in constructive critique with peers, then reflect on, reengage, revise, and refine works of art and design in response to personal artistic vision.

Anchor Standard 4: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.  a. Analyze, select, and curate artifacts or artworks for presentation and preservation.

Anchor Standard 8: Construct meaningful interpretations of artistic work.  a. Construct meaningful interpretations, supported by evidence, of an artwork or collection of works through describing and analyzing feelings, subject matter, formal characteristics, artmaking approaches, contextual information, and key concepts.