Photo conveys the mood of Picasso
By Darren Lum
couple weeks ago, Haliburton Highlands Secondary School student Colleen
Petric put one foot toward a post-secondary education in visual arts
with an effective photo re-creation of Picasso’s Old Guitarist, 1903.
The art assignment asked students to learn about famous works of art and the artist behind them with the goal of recreating the work in a photo. The other goal was to replace items in the work with things found around the house.
Colleen, who is a Grade 9 art student, had never
completed a work of photography before and said it was a great
opportunity to learn about light in her photo My Poor Brother – the Life
of a Young Guitarist, 2020.
“I chose the Old Guitarist as inspiration for this exercise because I was intrigued by the depth of contrast created through Picasso’s lighting and his unique approach to defining shapes in his work,” she wrote in an email. “I’m quite satisfied with how I was able to recreate the lighting of the original painting in my photograph and how well the colours of my recreation match the original.”
Teacher Karen Gervais said she appreciated how
Colleen was able to maintain the same composition and mood of Picasso’s
original through her use of light and the way her brother posed.
“I love the highlights in the hands in contrast to the rich darks and shadows behind and, again, putting that towel in there to create that compositional block in the grey there. Definitely pretty impressive for a first go at a photographic work,” she said.
Colleen’s brother is a guitarist and musician, which adds resonance to the image.
students repurpose things around their houses for items in the original
artwork encouraged them to develop creative problem-solving skills,
Colleen used the towel and a blanket, supported by wooden skids.
Although her current focus is on watercolour painting, her future goal is to study visual arts at a post-secondary institution.
“She’s a really motivated student. She’s very teachable. She makes really effective use of the creative process and problem-solving skills and really pushes her work with trying out possibilities and informing herself through her own initiative and seeking out resources to help her tackle her challenges. So, she is a keen learner and I think she’ll be able to do anything she sets her mind to,” Gervais said.