Have you met my uncle Frank?
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Mrs Collins introduced Year 8s to a project called â€˜Hideous Portraitsâ€™ which required the students to imagine they worked in a call centre taking instructions over the phone for a portrait. This particular portrait was of â€˜Uncle Frankâ€™.
The students were not allowed to make a drawing but had to paint directly into their sketchbook. This took a lot of courage and a great deal of careful colour mixing. Here is a selection of the portraits and the description they were given â€˜over the phoneâ€™.
â€˜Iâ€™d like a portrait of my uncle Frank please, he is very kind, but sometimes looks severe. He has the following attributes:
- Square face
- Round, green eyes
- Wide nose, with a spot
- Dark brown eyebrows â€“ quite bushy
- Full lips, sometimes bluish
- Auburn moustache and beard
- Dark brown, curly hair
- Scar, from a very nasty accident
- Warm complexion
Perhaps you know him.â€
The project also includes the making of charcoal self-portraits, blindfold drawings and a final outcome in clay. More pics to come.