This is a fun activity that I've had the students in my DSGN 100 class do, where we take the van der Geest portrait by Van Dyck and draw out three value pattern shapes and then make cut paper versions of them. I have the gray cut out now on the right and the white traced off on the left with the draw over analysis on the center. The idea here is to learn to see the simple patterns as real tactile objects that can be handled and ultimately manipulated. It also helps the students see that these simple patterns are what really make things identifiable.
I rubbed graphite on the back of the photocopy to transfer the shapes.
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