Lesson Title: Self-Portrait through Photography Targeted Grade Level: Middle School Artists:Cindy Sherman andVincent van Gogh Estimated Completion time: 7 class periods
Overview:In this lesson, students will demonstrate an understanding of identity through photography, famous portraits, and photographing themselves.
Discussion Questions: What
is a self-portrait? How do artists communicate their identity through
self-portraits? How can a self-portrait express your identity? How is
your identity different from your best friend? How does peer pressure affect your identity?Of
all the pictures you have of yourself, which do you like the best and
why? What does that picture remind you of and why? How do photographs of
you show your identity?
Show-Me Knowledge Standards: FA 1: process and techniques for the production, exhibition or performance of one or more of the visual or performed arts. CA 1: speaking and writing standard English (including grammar, usage, punctuation, spelling, capitalization) CA 4: writing formally (such as reports, narratives, essays) and informally (such as outlines, notes) CA 5: comprehending and evaluating the content and artistic aspects of oral and visual presentations (such as story-telling, debates, lectures, multi-media productions) S 8: impact of science, technology and human activity on resources and the environment
Show-Me Performance Standards: Goal 1.5: comprehend and evaluate written, visual and oral presentations and works Goal 1.9: identify, analyze and compare the institutions, traditions and art forms of past and present societies Goal 2.1 plan and make written, oral and visual presentations for a variety of purposes and audiences Goal 2.3: exchange information, questions and ideas while recognizing the perspectives of others Goal 2.4: present perceptions and ideas regarding works of the arts, humanities and sciences Goal 2.5 perform or produce works in the fine and practical arts Goal 2.7: use technological tools to exchange information and ideas
Lesson Objectives: 1) Students will analyze identity by comparing and contrasting the work of Sherman and van Gogh. 2) Students will explain how their identity is different from their friends. 3) Students will interpret their own identity through photographing themselves. 4) Students will design a self-portrait and describe how it displays their identity.
Tools and Materials: sketchbook, digital cameras, computers, Photoshop, and internet access
Introduction: To grab the interest of the student, the teacher will introduce the lesson by allowing students to experiment with a variety of cameras from one hundred years old to digital. A brief history of photography and the handout "Ten Tips for Better Photos" will be discussed.
Process: 1) After discussion of identity through photography,
students will analyze and interpret self-portraits of Vincent van Gogh
and photographs by Cindy Sherman. Emphasis on interpretation of the identity of the person in the portrait will be discussed. 2) Students will work in a group of three
or four to create a venn diagram, comparing and contrasting the artwork
of van Gogh and Sherman. 3) On
their own, students will journal personal responses to: Who am I? What
are my strongest traits and characteristics? How do I think others see
me? How do I hope others see me? Who do I want to be? What career is in
my future? Who has most influenced my life and why? How do I want to be
discussion and journaling is complete, students will photograph
themselves to create a unique self-portrait. Students will be encouraged
to use props, a variety of viewpoints and angles, as well as
photographing their hands, feet, face, and/or objects that best
represent them. Students will select their favorite self-portrait from their collection of photographs and edit, as well as add text if desired, on www.picnik.com Those students familiar and experienced in "picnik" will use photoshop.
and inquiry of topic, checklist of expectations (excellent behavior,
work habits, and maturity of camera use, care and pride in work, and
creativity in representation of identity in a final photograph), group venn diagram contains
at least 3 different responses in each area, and personal journaling
answers to each question.
Self-portrait through Photography by Trey (2011).
Student explanation: "I wish there was more than one of me so I could get everything done that I need to do!"
Self-Portrait through Photography by Jaydra (2011). Student explanation: "You only live life once, so relax and enjoy it!"