KQED Arts Education and a group of local educators just completed our second annual “Digital Portraits” course for educators. Last year, we studied California artist Robert Arneson‘s approach portraiture and created short, autobiographical films (Check out last year’s assignment and two of the films in the Edspace archive).
This summer, the artist we looked to for inspiration was none other than Cindy Sherman, who has a retrospective on view at SFMOMA through October 2012. Sherman has been called one of the most important artists of our time and was featured on Art:21. She is known for using herself as a model to create photographic portraits of women who do not represent the artist, but personas and characters she creates.
We also looked at portraits by powerful female artists Louise Bourgeois and Frida Kahlo, and learned about their approaches to portraiture. After this inspiring day led by SFMOMA’s fantastic educators, teachers spent the week writing a narrative, creating personally relevant images using photography and mixed media, and editing everything together in iMovie to create a digital video portrait. Stay tuned to Edspace to see the films and see what the teachers have to say about their film-making experiences at KQED.