A Portrait in Time

Essential Question: How do artists create art that communicates their experience?

artworks to discuss

connects to ELA, History

Connects to Social Justice Standards

connects to National Core Art Standards

flexible materials and delivery

“A Portrait in Time”  highlights artists working in isolation; students look at how these artists captured their unique experiences of a particular moment in time, and are ultimately challenged to create a portrait that captures their own experience.

In this integrated project pack, we explore the question, “How do artists create art that communicates their experience” through four key ideas:

  1. Visual journals can be used to record events and experiences, similar to a written diary.
  2. Objects and symbols can symbolize inner unseen thoughts, feelings, and desires.
  3. The passing of time can be represented through artifacts.
  4. A portrait represents a person, but a person can be represented in many different ways.

Each key idea includes a learning segment where students build knowledge and deepen their understanding of a topic area.

A second segment features artworks that support learning and deepen students’ understanding of the diverse ways the idea can be approached.

And finally, each key idea also includes an art project that connects everything together and encourages students to do so in a way that is personally and culturally relevant to them.

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