Teacher Paints Portraits On His Hand To Create Stunning 'Hand-Stamps'
Growing up with a mother who is a teacher taught me something incredibly important about professions in education: in general, Americans do not appreciate educators enough, and our society as a whole doesn't place enough attention on the education system. What we are left with are disgruntled teachers who don't have enough books, don't have enough supplies, and don't get paid enough, and yet they still show up every single day to help our children grow up into the next generation of professionals that will decide the course of our society's future. It's not easy to educate a room full of tiny humans that are far more interested in flinging rubber bands at each other than discussing history - let's face it, most parents feel like they can barely wrangle in 2-3 children, let alone 30 - so it's practically like finding a superhero when you encounter a teacher that goes above and beyond the call of duty. Russell Powell is one of those teachers.
Powell is a first grade teacher in San Jose, California, but he's also an incredibly talented artist who loves to incorporate art in his teaching style as well as in the classroom aesthetic.
Powell uploads plenty of time-lapse videos alongside the still images so that you can see his process.
Many of these videos start with a little bit of footage of his students making art, proving that he's just as proud of the kids' creativity as he is of his own skill.
Though many of Powell's portraits are in black and white, on rare occasions he throws in a bit of color and the results are stunning.