The Task: As a group create a slideshow of a collection of 5 portraits and their analysis.
Step 1: Have a virtual excursion to The National Portrait Gallery in Canberra it has many of its portraits available for viewing online.
Step 2: Individually, choose one portrait and find out more about its creation, the artist and the subject.
Step 3: Individually, complete an analysis of your chosen artwork
- A)– What do you see? Describe the different parts of the work itself.
- B)– What does it mean? What do the different aspects of the image represent? Do you get to know the subject by how the artist has portrayed them?
- C)– Is it good? What artistic techniques are employed? What is the artistic movement?
Step 4: Work as a group on a shared Powerpoint presentation, try and find a common theme or idea in your portraits. Use zoom in and out techniques in powerpoint to include your analysis and focus on particular parts of your artwork.
Below is a ClickView video about portraits
The Telegraph – Art Reviews collection
Comprehensive website outlining how to analyse an artwork
Interesting collection of portrait artists and their work from The Art Story website
Australian Dictionary of Biography for Australian Artists