Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Picturing Our Heroes: Grade 8

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. 

I'm so proud of my students' persistence and determination. The portraits speak for themselves.

For fun, try to identify each American Hero. 
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Pictured Heros: 



1. Bob Hope
2. John F. Kennedy
3. Elizabeth Wanamaker Peratovich
4. Orville Wright
5. Dr. Martin Luther King
6. Dr. Jonas Salk
7. Eleanor Roosevelt
8. Walt Disney
9. John F. Kennedy 
10. Milton Hershey
11. Nicola Tesla
12. Edith Stein
13. George Patton
14. Danny Thomas
15. Theodore Roosevelt
16. Ronald Reagan
17. Thurgood Marshall
18. Theodore Geisel (Doctor Seuss)


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