artistic noise: art from the juvenile detention system and beyond Charcoal Self-Portrait Project
By Youth Artists at Spectrum Detention and The Boston Arts and Entrepreneurship Program
Shown here: Serious Eyes, by Julisa


Participants created portraits and self-portraits in charcoal inspired by German Expressionist self-portraits. After looking at portraits by Kathe Kollwitz, Erich Heckel, and others, our youth artists chose a pose that expressed an aspect of their personality, and posed for photographs. Working from these photographs, they used the grid method to create stunning portraits in charcoal. Through this project participants developed their two-dimensional design skills, drawing skills, and learned to use drawing as a means of self-expression.