We are always telling students to stretch themselves and work harder, achieve more. Well in this recent 7th grade lesson, students literally stretched themselves in distorted portraits in the style of Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani.
We looked at Modigliani’s unique style in which he stretched the faces and necks of his subjects, gave them small mouths and empty eyes inspired by African and South East Asian masks and kept crisp outlines to delineate areas of the face and head. Within those shapes Modigliani would work hard to create blends of color to show value and often used the same technique to make his simple backgrounds more interesting.
For this portrait realism was less important than method and technique.