In this lesson,
students create a portrait that describes their culture. Extensions
for this activity include language arts and technology applications.
Creating a Living
1. A picture "frame"
can easily be created in your classroom with large pieces of cardboard
or a large box.
2. Students bring
costumes, artifacts and representations of their culture to school and
"portray" themselves inside the limits of the frame.
3. Photographs of
this "living picture" can be taken with a digital camera or
a 35 mm camera.
4. These photographs
are then placed inside a picture frame. This frame can be as realistic
as wood or printed from the patterns below on heavy paper or cardstock.
Students can decorate the frame.
- Other students
can analyze the picture using the criteria developed and used in the
previous lessons. This analysis can be oral or written.
- An artist's statement
can be created by the student portrayed and added below the portrait.
- A short story
can be written about the portrait.
- A narrative about
the portrait or a story can be audio taped.
For older students
(some partial nudity is shown), the Laguna Beach Arts Festival has the
Pageant of the Masters.
What is it?