This post contains individual (selfie) portraits articulated with the use of pencils, oil pastels and watercolours. There were various stages we passed before reaching the final piece. Drawing the details and imperfections that we see in ourselves created meaning for us in the process as we observed ourselves from different angels then coloured and designed our portraits in unique ways.
The second part of our learning experience was an incorporation of oil pastels and watercolour. Observing the unique ways in which individuals express themselves through the medium of art is a growing experience in itself. Some started off using the oil pastels first and some with the watercolour, some spent a large amount of time on this part; working on details and filling in blank spaces while others kept it simple, leaving blank spaces, some made realistic versions of themselves while others made warped versions or added different dimensions such as a shadow in the back. Each portrait had its own personal meaning, expressing the perceptions of each individual.
Making mistakes along the way turned out to be the most important part of the piece. This showed us that in art a mistake is to be considered a moment of assimilating knowledge, learning about what effect different mediums of art can have when combined. The step-by-step process enabled us to learn the importance of working with different materials and how they form together to create our own design or composition, consisting of shapes, lines, colour and texture. The element of design and composition addresses designs as “a scribble of lines, a splash of colours, and an array of shapes” (Fox & Schirrmarcher, 2014, p.129). These are all elements of design that were used fused together to create our own composition. Lines were also an important element of art in our drawings, suggesting form. There was a variation of lines, including straight and curved, soft and sharp, big and little, among many more.
Linking our activity to Early Childhood Education:
Providing children with the opportunity to work with different mediums of art and break down artwork in stages will help them create a better understanding of the processes and planning that occur with art. Learning from the different experiences with art that were provided to us, we take away the understanding of how art is not necessarily something that needs an outcome and is flexible. It is essential for educators to ensure that children see artwork as a means of expression, and communication and as a process rather than a product.
Fox, J. E., & Schirrmacher, R. (2014). Art and creative development for young children(8th Ed.). Belmont, CA: Delmar.