We started this project at the Contemporary and Modern Art Museum of Trento and Rovereto (MART) in Italy, with Grade 7 students. The Education Department of MART organize lots of interesting art projects for any grade of students, and this activity named “My World” was based on the self-portrait. I don’t show the activity here, but I invite to visit this amazing museum in the North of Italy.
We created the self-portrait drawing on tracing paper overlapping it to a photocopied portrait, following the style of Julian Opie. He is one of Britain’s foremost contemporary artists who is interested in the human body and portraits. His style is characterized by thick black outlines and solid colors. Even though the self portraits are simplified we can recognize our faces and our characteristic expressions. In the classroom we used the photocopies of our self-portraits and we colored them with felt-tip pens in solid colors, in the perfect style of Julian Opie