The Portraits With The Lemurs (2nd Grade)
By Sylvie Cote (French Teacher)

Since the beginning of the school year 2022-2023, the students of the Lemur class (CE1a / 2nd gradeA) have been working on the theme of portraits in art.

First, we drew one another, face to face. Here is the result:

Then we were inspired by the French painter Jean Dubuffet (b. 1901 - d. 1985) who created his self-portrait with subtle doodles with red and blue markers. He created other works with the same technique and called it “art brut”. In the same way, we used our pictures on which we made tracings with a black Sharpie. With
different colors, we hatched some parts, colored others, and left white sections. Here is what it looks like:

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Next, we chose the American photographer Bobby Neel Adams (born 1953) as the instigator of our portraits created from a mix of two photos. Here we are:

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And last but not least of our portrait projects, was pretexted by Halloween masks in the manner of the portrait of Dora Maar by the famous Spanish artist Pablo Picasso (b. 1881 – d. 1973). We tried to reproduce this surreal image made of a mixture of face and profile to make a collage. Not only did this allow us to discover cubism, but we also used recycled cardboard and paper. See for yourself:

Les Lémuriens / The Lemurs

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