Artist Bernard Hoyes "In the Spirit"


With February being Black history month, I wanted to feature a project inspired by Bernard Hoyes. Jamaican-born artist Bernard Hoyes is a Caribbean national who has served his country well. Now residing in California, Hoyes is among the most widely collected and exhibited of contemporary artists. Through his art, many have been able to connect with Jamaica’s colorful traditions and culture. We use Hoyes Painting “In the Spirit” to work on proportion, shape and color. This project makes students go all the way to the edge of the paper.

Materials: Heavyweight sketching paper, pencil, Sharpie and oil pastels.


Step #1: Draw light guidelines across the center and down the middle. For this project start by drawing the hands touching the the sides of the paper as shown below.
Step #2: Draw the dress so that the bottom goes right off the paper.
Step #3: Draw the head.
Step #4: Draw the eyes being closed, nose and mouth. Add her head wrap and the horizon line behind the dancer..
Step #5: Use oil pastels to create vibrant color and add your own special details. Have fun and be creative.

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