Designed to a “T”
Students printed out their definitions,
then enlarged them to fit the board.
After transferring the words, each
student completed a thumbnail that
showcased a simple design, creating
an interesting dynamic using only
black and white paint. Once their
thumbnails were approved, students
began painting, paying close attention
to edges, artistry, and detail. The final
products were striking and every stu-
We wanted to create a
that would make an
impact on our high-
school community well
beyond the classroom.
dent’s work showcased a small piece
of their personalities. We were able to
see how each individual shines within
the large group.
Installed by All
After all of the pieces were complete
they were mounted in large triangular
pods where each student’s work was
grouped into fun social cliques. This
allowed students to see how a variety
of personalities work together to form
a community. By placing the individuals together, we showcased how each
student makes a mark on the world.
Nicole Brisco is an art teacher at Pleasant
Grove High School in Texarkana, Texas.
She presented this lesson in collaboration
with Nina Cork. firstname.lastname@example.org
definition they chose. Finally, each
student worked as a group to create a
Sculpting in Motion
We jumped in feet first, or maybe face
first would be a better expression! It
was important to start with the facial
casting so that there would be ample
time for drying before painting. This
was a fun and exciting experience for
students. In the process, we discussed
sculptural installation with examples
of how artists use repetition to create
Once students completed their
masks, I asked them to mount the
masks onto their 16 x 20" hard surface
(Masonite, cardboard, or foamboard)
and gesso the full relief to prepare the
surface for the drawing and painting.
Students then began writing about
their personalities from a variety of
viewpoints, or a “multiple personality” standpoint. Once the list was
completed, they chose one word that
defined them. We researched fonts and
they selected one that best illustrated
the word they chose.
Students conceive and create works of
visual art that demonstrate an understanding of how the communication
of their ideas relates to the media,
techniques, and processes they use.