Chuck Close Webquest



    Chuck Close is noted for his highly inventive techniques used to paint the human face. He rose to fame in the late 1960s for his large-scale, photo-realist portraits, but in 1988 something drastically changed.


    Many of you may currently feel that you are not capable of drawing a portrait of yourself well. Your task is overcome this doubt just as Close overcame his limitations. At the end of this unit, you will have created a self-portrait by utilizing a grid. The portrait will be a representation of yourself completed in the similar style of Chuck Close after the incident in 1988. To fully understand Chuck Close and his art, you must explore who he was, how he worked, and what he had to endure to become the artistic legend he is today.


    1. Visit the following website and answer the questions on your handout:

    1. Next, view the following works of art and using your venn diagram on your handout answer: how are the portraits the same and how are they different?
      Refer to the elements of line, shape, value, texture, and color in your lists and discuss the differences in styles.
    • Chuck Close-Early Self-Portrait

    • Chuck Close- Later Self-Portrait




    Pencil with eraser