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by Logann Houston, Staff Writer

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The most advanced art class at mceachern high school is participating in the Memory Project, which is a non profit organization. The goal of this project is to make kids who have been through hardship throughout their life to feel valued and important.

 

To make this possible The Memory Project program receives photos of children and teens from global charities operating residential homes, schools,and care centers around the world. The art teacher then work with their students to create the portraits and they are hand delivered to the children when completed and finalized. Videos and picture are provided for the art teacher and students to see the children’s reaction. Since 2004 The Memory Program  has created over 100,000 portraits for children in 43 different countries.

 

For the art side of this project, the art teacher Danielle Mege has instructed her students to make the painted portraits to look like the photo they were assigned to. To do this they have to focus on proportions of the face. Proportions in portraits is the relative size of parts as a whole. Michelangelo’s sculpture “David” is a perfect example of of both scale and proportions in art.

 

According to Mege the hardest part of painting portraits is not proportions but making the skin tones of the children. The artist have to apply color theory to get the tones that they want. Color theory is a set up of principles used to create harmonious color combinations that are pleasing to the eye and senses. Color theory establishes common ground for how colors can be used, arranged,coordinated, blended and related to one another. Color theory is also the study of why certain colors go together and others don’t, thus is about color mixing and its visual effect.

 

In the portraits along with making sure proportions are correct and applying color theory to the skin tones of the children the artist use oil paints to make this all happen. In my opinion oil paintings make the object look more realistic and defined. This is very important for the portraits the art students are doing.

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