Dean discovered his love of portraits this year. He much prefers drawing to painting and truly enjoyed drawing ears, eyes, hair and mouths. He spent hours perfecting each of these parts of the face and head.
He also explored creating figures of people. He placed them at different angles and worked on profiles and placed the figure in different positions. He also explored monsters.
Dean learned about several artists under the tutelage of his grandmother, who is also a trained and accomplished artist. He studied Paul Klee, Edvard Munch, Henri Matisse, Shel Silverstein and Jackson Pollock. After an hour or more of an art history lesson on each artist, he then did an art project using each artist's technique and style.
He attended First Fridays Teen Workshop at Roots and Wings most months of the school year. In that setting, he enjoyed drawing while hanging out with friends, learned more about anime and explored other mediums, such as plastic and shrinky dinks.
Dean went on several field trips to galleries and museums. The most exciting trip was to the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. Dean was delighted to see his favorite painting by Monet, Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lilies.
He also did a few cooperative art projects with his art mates in class with Miss Laura. One of his favorites was each of them separately drawing parts of a face, which created Harry Potter when all of the students put the pieces together.
It was a great course! Dean earned an A (95) for completing all assignments on time, doing all homework, full participation in all classes, completion and acceptance of a mural that was hung at Avenue M restaurant and impressive progress in drawing skills.