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Art students focus on their classmates' portraits

Senior Audrey Vantwoud, a student in Paul Sinclair's Advanced Art class,  stands beside the portrait drawing of one of her classmates.

By Cari Gallagher '93

People walking the halls of Scecina this week will notice an artistic addition to the rotunda on the main floor. Advanced Art students from Mr. Paul Sinclair’s drawing and painting class are displaying their first project of the spring semester: portraits of their classmates in pencil and pastel.

The students began their work by drawing the skull of their subject. “This allowed us to concentrate on bone structure and what lies beneath the skin” said senior Audrey Vantwoud. Once the foundation was complete, the students began adding facial features. Working with pastels, students were limited to just the use of white and one other shade for the first layer of their portrait. To complete the second phase, which included hair and other fine features, the artists were able to introduce black into their work.

Each student is required to complete a drawing of two different classmates, and the works on display are at various levels of completion. The students are encouraged to make progress on their pieces each day but there is not a firm deadline for finishing the project. According to Audrey, “Mr. Sinclair is more concerned that we work towards quality, not quantity.”

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