I Am Unique! Making Self-Portraits

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You are special and unlike anyone else in the world! Help young artists express their unique identities with a self-portrait lesson that combines social and emotional learning with visual arts.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Host an art show in which parents and other classes can see student self-portraits
  • Use the lesson at the beginning of the school year as an icebreaker activity
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires examples of famous self-portraits from art history, though you could use student examples from past projects
Pros

  • Emphasizes that all pieces of art, just like all people, are unique
  • Allows learners to express their creativity with an open-ended assignment and a variety of art materials
Cons

  • None
Common Core