this activity, the students will be creating a digital
self-portrait using the current technology in the schools.
They will discuss how the portrait is rendered, how the
portrait allows us to see into a time period that we are
not a part of, and how what she is wearing has meaning.
of Art: Portrait of an Indian Lady, Daughter of a Cacique
Frame: Two to Three Classes (45 minute periods each)
students will be able to:
portraits and self-portraits, as well as the meanings
their own portrait with meaning.
with different images of his /herself wearing different
clothing in different settings.
and skills. Complete TEKS
for 6th grade art.
2. Creative expression/performance: a and c.
3. Historical cultural heritage: b.
(This activity requires the use of computers.)
program such as Adobe Photoshop
or Internet connection
Introducing the Work of Art
young woman, sixteen year old Sebastiana Ynes Josepha
de San Augustin, was the daughter of a governor and came
from a noble family of Indian descent. Her elaborate jewelry
and the pearls on her native American blouse show the
wealth of her family and highlight her social status.
This portrait was painted shortly before she entered a
convent and took vows to become a nun.
parents usually commissioned such paintings. They
wished to have a painting of their daughter before
she entered the convent.
painting is very skillfully rendered in oil on canvas
Many parents had their young daughters' portraits
painted before the young women took their vows.
Some girls are depicted wearing their habits, jewels
and crowns. Other paintings portray them dressed
in the fashion of the times.
Look at the work of art
to image on exhibition web site - Portrait
of an Indian Lady
students will view the Indian Lady portrait on the computer
(use the computer lab, LCD projector, printed copy on
a transparency, class set of printed color photo, etc
how it is rendered, how it allows us to see into a time
period that we are not a part of, how what she is wearing
is the purpose of getting your portrait made? What
are some of the differences between the viceregal
period and now?
steps go into painting a portrait? Oil verses watercolor?
medium do you think this artist used?
at what the sitter is wearing and holding in her
hands. What do you notice about the sitter's clothing?
the accessories she is wearing? Can you decipher
what she is holding in her hand? Where is she sitting?
Based on what you have noticed, what social class
does she belong?
on what you have noticed, what does this tell you
about eighteenth century life in New Spain?
a Digital Self-portrait
students will compare their work of art with the Portrait
of an Indian Lady from the exhibition.
has technology changed the way we make portraits?
choices does the artist have to make when creating
choices did you make?
How do they compare to the choices of the artist
from the portrait?
Procedure for the Digital Self-portrait:
self-portrait should be a combination of at least 2
images. The work should reflect that student in some
way. The image should not use copyright material.
studies: Students can research the history of fashion.