There are many very talented young artists at VHS, so I was very happy last week when we received an invitation to exhibit artwork at the upcoming Expeditionary Learning National Conference in Baltimore. From what I understand, this is a pretty good thing for a new high school in its first year. Specifically, they asked for art from an assignment done in my Art Foundations class in which my students created 18x24 self-portraits. In this project, students focused on drawing "value shapes", or areas of similar brightness, using only line, and then colored in these shapes with arbitrary colors. Here are a couple examples.