Kostabi Style Self Portraits

A group of elementary to middle school children visited the museum today- ages ranging from 8 – 15 years. We gave a brief tour of the Vogel Collection, focussing on LINE and it’s expressive potential. We also discussed how little information we need to piece together a figure or an object in a drawing. We showed them Richard Tuttle, Edward Renouf, and Steve Keister. We also showed them Scott McCloud’s awesome book “Understanding Comics.”  In the book, McCloud introduces our egocentric tendencies and our ability to see the human face with only two dots and a line (think smiley face) We actually identify with cartoons more than “realistic” drawing (think Charlie Brown)

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When we came to Mark Kostabi’s “Nose-Off Self Portrait” and the multitasking figure in “I Owe, I Owe, Off to Work I go” the kids were invited to draw in the style of Kostabi. They were given six colors of crayons and two pieces of paper, and this is what happened.

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Special thanks to Lee-Ann and Eseosa for volunteering today

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