- An American art movement of the late 1960s/early 1970s.
- A painting style based on photographs, although there are also Photorealist sculptors.
- Photorealists believed that people saw photographic images as "more real than" the actual objects themselves...
- So, they painted as if they saw the world through the lens of a camera, not through their own eyes.
- For this reason, the artists were often DETACHED from the subject; their work was “just a reproduction” vs. a personal or emotional expression of the subject.
- Their technically skilled work was so detailed and accurate that it was often mistaken for photography.
- Unlike most photographs, however, photorealist paintings often (not always) portrayed multiple focal points in clear focus.
- To do this, they used multiple photos to create what the viewer would see as one scene on the canvas.
1. Review color theory
2. Learn and practice a variety of colored pencil techniques
3. Learn about the American art movement, Photorealism, and artists who work in this style.
4. Recreate an image in a Photorealistic manner, using knowledge of color theory and colored pencil techniques.
5. Prepare for a painting/mixed media project in Q4, which will require you to paint one element of the work (just one!) in a Photorealistic manner.
- Complete the Colored Pencil Worksheet to gain a comfort level with mixing, layering, and texturizing colors.
- Select a 2" x 2" magazine square that has a variety of unique colors AND textures.
- Copy the image with exacting detail by using the best colored pencil techniques coupled with a clear focus on COLOR (hue, value, intensity).
- Mount the magazine square with the finished drawing; squint to compare the two and make needed adjustments.
- Important Photorealists:
- What Photorealism is called NOW: