The pictures below were taken last week during the Grade 11 Visual Art practical exam. The students have a total of 18 hours (over a two week period) to complete the portrait.
Topic: ‘A Cubist Portrait’
Brief: The Grade 11s are required to combine multiple angles of a single person/animal’s face (self-portrait, celebrity or loved one) into one portrait. This reaction to the single point perspective of the camera was pioneered by Braque and Picasso in the early 1900s who aimed to give the viewer a better understanding of their three-dimensional subject by showing them these multiple angles on the two-dimensional limitations of the painted surface. Picasso and Braque set strong limitations on their style and colour palette to capture this idea, the veil of these limitations have been lifted for the Grade 11s who have been encouraged to find their own personal Cubist style in the medium that they feel the most comfortable with.