Students learn about facial characteristics

| January 13, 2014
SKETCHING: The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum had its annual children’s workshop Saturday, Jan. 11 entitled Face-to-Face where students sketched their own faces in a variety of ways to learn more about the human face. Pictured here are Nathan and Jonathan Arnold with instructor and artist Jennifer Bush. Some of the artwork may be on display during A Playground of Color exhibit.

SKETCHING: The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum had its annual children’s workshop Saturday, Jan. 11 entitled Face-to-Face where students sketched their own faces in a variety of ways to learn more about the human face. Pictured here are Nathan and Jonathan Arnold with instructor and artist Jennifer Bush. Some of the artwork may be on display during A Playground of Color exhibit.

COSHOCTON – The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum is gearing up for Playground of Color, an annual exhibit featuring the best of local elementary art. To kick of the exhibit and to get the kids inspired and motivated, the museum had a class Saturday, Jan. 11 which encouraged students to sketch their own faces. The classes began with a photo session where each student had his or her photo taken. They then used this photo as a model for their drawings.

The class, taught by artist Jennifer Bush, studied their face and then began drawing. First, they sketched their face with a box over their paper just to see what results they would get. Most of their finished drawings looked like caricatures. However, the students continually got better as they practiced.

In the next exercise, the students drew their faces in 10 seconds, 30 seconds, two minutes, 10 minutes, and finally 30 minutes.

“We’re learning how to practice drawing portraits at different speeds to get better,” said Jonathan Arnold, who participated in the class.

The goal of the class, other than to inspire local students to participate in A Playground of Color, is to teach students how to properly sketch a human face.

“I want them to recognize the face,” said Bush. “It’s about drawing what you see, not what you know. Some young kids might draw the eyes at the very top of the head, and they forget about the forehead.”

For their final drawing, the students were able to use pastels and colored pencils for coloring and shading.

“I’m learning how to draw a face and where the eyes go, and the forehead’s the biggest part,” said Miriam VanFossen. “It’s really cool.”

Participating in the class were Mariam VanFossen, Sarah Fonara, Nathan Arnold, and Jonathan Arnold. Some of the drawings may be featured in A Playground of Color exhibit, which opens on Jan. 27 and runs until March 17. The next Face-to-Face workshop will be Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. Call 622-8710 to register.

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