This quarter 7th graders dove head first into the art of portraiture. We started out with a quick demonstration of facial proportions and some practice sketches in charcoal. It is quite a profound experience to look deeply in a mirror at a familiar face and then to capture it with marks on paper. The students practiced and applied their understanding of the fractions and math found within the face. When ready each individual began their final drawing. The next task was to solve the problem of mixing skin tones and neutral colors from red, yellow, blue, and white acrylic paint. Once the portrait and background were fully painted the students painted a thin layer of black ink over the top. This ink is then rinsed off and what remains behind creates an aged look.