SELF-PORTRAIT IN CHARCOAL
Draw a self-portrait from direct observation using charcoal.
Carol Haggerty, Art Teacher
Millis High School
“As a veteran art teacher, I have instructed students in charcoal portrait drawing for years but really appreciated the way Prof Lieu pulled it all together as she demonstrated each step in her tutorial (however small) along the way. Especially helpful was the way all of the common beginner errors were mentioned, along with ways to avoid such pitfalls – a key feature for this mixed level high school art class. I played a few of the short tutorial videos a day, and then set the students off to work. Then I was able to circulate and offer informal critique and encouragement citing and reinforcing steps that we’d just watched. Just take a look at the results – amazing, right?
For our class video critique prize, it was very interesting to see which works of art my class chose to have critiqued. I made suggestions, but ultimately gave them the final decision. This was exciting beyond words and watching the critique as a class was such a gift! Prof Lieu found a way to honor and celebrate each piece, and each individual student artist. Her commentary offered analysis and asked questions that urged deeper thought. Each student received concrete suggestions and ideas for moving their art forward. As their teacher, the amazing gift to me was the resource of learning to model my assessments after a highly skilled art professor. We all learned so much and I will screen this critique with all of my studio classes going forward – so much of the information is relevant to all. My students and I are so appreciative of this opportunity!”