Do you know what a Portrait is?
Portraits are exciting because you can get a closer look at a person’s facial expression. Someone can be smiling, laughing or even crying. Do you remember picture day at school? Those were portraits too!
The Mona Lisa
If you google this painting, you will find that a lot of people talking about her smile. Let’s take a closer look at it. Do you think she is smiling? Some people think that she is, but others don’t think so. What do you think? Talk about this painting with your siblings or your parents. What do you see? What is happening behind her? What colors are in the painting?
Dean Mitchell’s Portraits
That is exactly right! both of these people are looking to the side. When you can only see the side of a person in the space, it is called a profile. Sometimes, artists choose to paint this way because they think it makes the art look more interesting.
You can make your own Portraits at home!
1. Set up a chair next to a wall right next to a window or a place that has a really nice light, like a lamp.
2. Find a blanket or curtain and hang it up behind the chair. If you can’t do this, it’s fine. Your picture will still turn out amazing.
3. Have your model--maybe your mom, dad or sibling sit--in the chair. Take a picture of them from the shoulders up. You can even take a pet portrait if you can get your dog or cat to sit still! Have your model show you different emotions, like happiness, sadness, frustration, anger or peacefulness! Watch as their faces change. Can you feel their emotions in the photos?