This Is Me: Symbolic Self-Portrait

As we start to read through the novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime students are going to be focusing on the theme of Identity. Not only will we be learning about Christopher’s identity but we will be exploring our own identity as well. In this exercise we will start to explore ideas surrounding our own identity and where we situate ourselves. Using the teachings of the Medicine Wheel students will create a symbolic self-portrait that represents an understanding of balance and symmetry to show who we are. Students filled out a graphic organizer with four quadrants that spoke to how they identify themselves- socially, their goals, their challenges and their passions. One element from each section was chosen to create a symbol and the symbols were transposed symmetrically on to an art piece to create a balanced self-portrait.

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Here are some of the created portraits:


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