Congratulations, Eighth Grade,
on another successful Hero Fair!
SJS Eighth graders can teach us much about American Heroes from the Civil War to the present time. They've just completed cross-curricular study on this topic involving research, writing, designing and presenting a Prezi to an audience, as well as rendering a realistic portrait drawing.
I must tell you- these kids were skeptical when I presented the lesson. In no way did they think themselves capable of drawing to this level of detail or realism.
We began by learning to draw using the grid method first employed by Renaissance artists and still utilized today by artists such as Chuck Close. Basically, students laid a transparent grid over a photograph of their hero. Then, on drawing paper, they lightly drew a grid to scale. Our artists then drew in only one grid at a time, moving across and then down their paper.
For a sense of how this works, here's a time lapse video found online that we watched in class.
I'm so proud of my students' persistence and determination. The portraits speak for themselves.
For fun, try to identify each American Hero.
Answers are below.