# INSPIRED BY CHUCK CLOSE – Self-Portrait, Colour, Pattern, Shape

Students study the work of Chuck Close and then use markers to create a self-portrait inspired by his style.

## Supplies:

• Crayola Super Tip Markers - 50 Count
• Crayola Colours of the World Markers - 24 Count
• Crayola Sketchbooks - 1 per student
• Crayola Marker & Watercolour paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")
• Crayola Washable Glue Sticks
• Rulers
• Pencils
• Erasers

## Steps:

1
1. Sort your markers into groups of 3 light, medium and dark colours you like.
2. Practise working on a small grid making shapes and patterns the way Chuck Close does.
- repeated squares
- triangles
- lozenges
- right-angles
- ovals
3. Think about how to make some areas dark and other areas light.
2
1. Work with a partner to take pictures of each other.
2. Pose in the style of Chuck Close.
- close-up front view
- serious expression
3. Resize the photo so it is 11.4 cm x 15.2 cm (4 ½" x 6").
4. Cut it out and glue it into your sketchbook.
5. Use the grid system to enlarge the photo to 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12"). (See the Picture This lesson plan available on this website.)
- draw a grid with 1.3 cm (½") squares on top of the photograph
- assign a letter to each column of the grid
- assign a number to each row of the grid
- draw a grid with 2.5 cm (1") squares on the 20.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12") paper
- assign matching letters to the columns of the grid
- assign matching numbers to the rows of the grid
- use the letter/number combination on the photograph to find the corresponding section on the larger grid
- draw
the shapes you see in each section of the grid on the photograph in the corresponding section of the larger grid
3
1. Colour each square in your drawing using the colour combinations you created.
2. Use shapes, colours and patterns to create contrast.
3. View your finished portrait with fresh eyes.
- How is it like the work of Chuck Close?
- How is it different?
- What do you like best about the drawing? Why?
• Subjects:

• Language Arts,

• Mathematics,

• Visual Arts