We are featuring this portrait of Roman Haar in honor of his 85th birthday on July 9th. Roman was a very young boy when Germany invaded Poland, turning his life upside-down and tearing apart his family. Read more about his story below.
Nicole C. from Boca Raton High School commemorated Roman’s struggle to survive and honored his story by drawing his portrait. She reflected on the experience:
How did it feel to spend so much time observing a photograph and then making art based on the photo?
It felt like I was really honoring the person who I was drawing and remembering their legacy.
Write a caption for the portrait that you made. It can say something about the person or something about your feelings making the portrait.
This boy went through such hardships and survived. I felt honored to draw such a courageous boy.
What did you like and dislike about the art experience?
I liked the freedom I had regarding the art, it was easy to just envision the light and not the actual facial features. There was nothing that I didn’t like.
What do you think you will remember about this experience? Why?
I will remember my survivor and his story because of the experience I had while drawing his portrait.