#008 Debra

Sedrick Huckaby (b. 1975)

Object Details

  • 2012
  • Medium:
  • Lithograph
  • Dimensions:
  • 7 3/8 X 5 3/4
  • Accession Number:
  • 2015.4.8
  • Artwork Credits:
  • Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas

Object Description

Educator Resources

Essential Questions

  • What is the purpose of a portrait?
  • What is a lithograph and how is a lithograph created?
  • How might an artist choose who to create a portrait of?
  • How might text add to what we know about the subject of a portrait?
  • Consider the following question posed by the artist in 2014. “Given that we have lived through a digital revolution, what does community mean to us?”

Suggested Activities (any grade)

Ask students to consider their own community. Who are their neighbors? Have each student select a neighbor to create a profile of. Students will sketch the profile portrait of that person on a sheet of paper and cut it out similar to a silhouette. On the reverse, students may write a brief description or story about this person.

Some artists use a technique called contour drawing to create images similar to this lithograph. Contour drawing, is a technique in which an artist sketches a subject by drawing a continuous line with the motion of their hand that results in an image that sometimes looks like an outline. The word contour means “outline” in French. Have students use charcoal to create a portrait or still-life in the contour drawing style. Encourage students to use one continuous line to complete their image.

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