SchoolArts Magazine

DEC 2008

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Elementary Studio Lesson Left to right: Justin Upton, Sydney Taylor, Barrett Hollomon, grade three. Where in the World T Sara Schmickle Kirker he school where I teach is located in a very fast-growing area. The school population includes students who have moved here from all over the country, and from all corners of the world, which makes for a diversified and multicultural learning environment. To help students learn about each other and about themselves, I have developed a lesson that integrates world maps into self-portraits. Geographic Self-Portraits This idea came to me when our school was recently given several hundred copies of a world atlas. I had our students first search through 44 December 2008 SchoolArts and helped communicate their ideas them for their former home state or country. I also have available copin different ways. ies of our state map for any students who have not lived elsewhere. I told Examining Reflections students that they would use these Students received maps and I asked beautiful geographic linear designs as them to search for their former a basis for a self-portrait. home town, and to be sure that they We discussed the work of artincluded it in their self-portraits. ists such as Pablo Picasso, Georges They used hand-held mirrors to Braque, Romare search their Bearden, These self-portraits have helped reflections and and Robert students understand that their pay close attention to their Rauschenberg, past is a part of them. own unique who all used facial charprinted papers acteristics, feeling their faces with in their collages. We noticed how the their hands, as well. A number of selfvariety of the materials they chose added richness to the compositions portraits by different artists and for-

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