Kehinde Wiley is a New York-based portrait painter, who is mostly famous for his realistic paintings of African-American men. His models are usually dressed in their modern, everyday clothes, but they pose in heroic positions, like in classical portrait paintings.
Y5/6 have created their backgrounds using tessellation. They made their own interlocking tiles and drew around them to create a repetitive pattern. The children then posed for a photograph and used a grid to help them sketch their pictures, thinking about their proportions. The bright colours are in contrast to the portraits, which they drew and shaded using different sketching pencils.