Over the past week my students and I have waded through learning about how to draw and shade facial features. All of this was leading up to the intro of our newest theme: the self portrait.
It’s a scary theme for many high schoolers. Many surprised themselves with how well they could draw lips, noses, and eyes. But I could tell they were still dreading the theme.
I then showed them the pinterest inspiration board full of famous self portraits AND a myriad of non-traditional self portraits. I could see the tension and apprehension melting away. I could see the light in their eyes that had been missing these past 2 months. I could feel the excitement in me return.
That same day, a student had talked to me about a controversial piece she wants to do. She wants to “talk” about the darkness she had inside and the scars that haven’t healed. Since I know she is already getting help, I gave her the go ahead. Today she made a cast of her hand and part of her arm. It has a well thought out diagonal opening on the arm where I imagine you will be able to see the dark and the scars. I know to some that this may seem like a cry for help. I see it as a way to help her heal. I feel it could possibly help others too.
I didn’t intend for this post to take this turn, but as I was writing, I was thinking of her and a peer casting her arm today. I thought more information was needed. I admire her courage to take this theme and really make it her own and something that has meaning to her.