Sunday, February 7, 2021

Honoring Heroes with Charles White


Gideon, by Charles White

Charles White is a masterful artist from the south side of Chicago.  He is most well known for showing the lives of African Americans throughout American history.  Many of his drawings, prints and and paintings show African American heroes.  These heroes include famous freedom fighters like Harriet Tubman, but they also highlight the heroes that often go unnoticed:  laborers.  

He was a master at using light and shadow to capture expression on the faces and in the body postures of people he drew, and he was able to show people who spent their lives doing hard work as heroes.  He raised them into the light rather than letting them be looked down on.  

General Moses (Harriet Tubman), by Charles White

Ye Shall Inherit the Earth, by Charles White

In this project, you will review value and the proportions of the face, and you will use Charles White as your inspiration as you highlight a modern day hero.  Think of the frontline workers who have worked hard to help us through 2020 and the Covid-19 Pandemic.  Think of people you notice who work hard every day but are not necessarily recognized for the importance of their work.  

Look at these works by Charles White.  What do you notice?  What do you think?  What do you wonder?  Spend some time discussing them with someone you know.  Do they notice things you don't?

Harvest Talk, by Charles White

Work, by Charles White

Follow along with Ms. Ammons in this video to learn more about Charles White and to draw a picture that honors a hero.  

Check your work!

Project Goals: (4=A, 3=B, 2=C, 1=D)

1.  My proportions of the face are accurate.

2.  My shading is smooth and has dark, medium and light values.

3.  I added details to show what work my person does.

4.  I thought about the overall drawing and how I filled the page.

To turn in work, copy this code:  WCCP-WSTF

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