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Re: a&e.o - Individuality/Personality

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Christine Merriam (
Thu, 20 Nov 1997 12:30:14 +0000

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I once found a card in School Arts called "Modular Self Portraits" by
Robert Tracz. It is a long term project that I have done with my 5th
graders. I still have the card, and recently attended the wedding of
one of my first students who did this activity :)

Puropose:To transform traditional self portraits into pictorial
biographies with collage.
Colored paper cut into 6" squares
18'x24" backing paper
Black paper cut into strips
Yarns,foiled paper,glitter,Markers, Magazines, Crayons, Scissors,
Pastels, Cotton, Small hand mirrors.
Ask the students: Is a drawing of uyour face the only way a
self-portrait can be made? Does your face tell about your interests,
hobbies, faviorite things? Can we create a pictrioeal biography using
collage materials?

Have students use twelve 6" square pieces of colored construction
paper on which to place symbols that collectively tell more about you
that any mere picture of your face. Have each square symbolically
isullustrate only: 1)eyes, 2) nose, 3)lips, 4)hairstyle, 5)favorite
food, 6)favorite person, 7)hobby, 8)prized posession, 9)most-loved
animal, 10)favorite place, 11)best musical group, 12)most treasured

Give short lessons on the proper way to draw the facial features, tehn
encourage teh use of ccreative collage methods to represent each
feature. The class can interpret the remaining pictures in any order
and in any medium they wish (e.g. with white cotton for clouds,
colored cotton for anmimal shapes). Glue the finished squares to onto
a backing. Black strip frames give the project a finished look.

Hope this gives you some ideas!
Chris Merriam
Kayenta Intermediate School

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