Field Experience 2

Artifact Two

Lesson Plan Outline

Teacher____________________ Date/Time of the Lesson______________________

Title of Lesson___Symbolic Self Portraits__________Subject/Topic__Symbolism, Art, English______

1.     Objectives: Address what students will be able to do after this lesson. This section should address what the learners will do/know and not what the teacher will do.


Students will learn the meaning of symbols and describe common symbols that they use in everyday life.

Art Production

Students will draw a self portrait of themselves using only symbols that represent aspects of their personality.

Students will create a portrait showing their ability in art technique through the use of pencil, shading and composition.

Art History

Students will recognize what a self portrait is by doing a pre-writing exercise about what a self portrait is, and what they want to say about themselves through  their own self portrait.

Art Criticism:

Students will participate in a critique in which they will make a positive comment, ask a question, and propose an idea/change to keep in mind in the future.

Students will present their art to the class and explain how and why they created their portrait.

2.     Materials/Where located:

1.     Paper

2.     Pencils

3.     Colored Pencils

4.     Erasers

3.     Procedures: Include what you will say/do. List directions for activities and transitions. Provide an anticipated time frame for each activity/transition. You also need to anticipate the ways in which you might need to extend or adapt your lesson and have alternate materials, activities, etc. prepared.

1.     Day 1:

1.     Students will be introduced to the project by looking at numerous symbols on the chalkboard.

2.     Students will be asked what all of these pictures have in common. This will lead into a discussion of symbolism. Students should be asked what they know about symbols/what they are. Reiterate to students that symbols are images that are meant to represent something else.

3.     The teacher will explain how symbols can be used in art so that the artist can represent something that they are trying to say, without literally putting it on the paper.  (see included example sheet)

4.     Students will then be shown examples of self portraits by famous artists (some examples included

5.     Students will then be asked to type up a paper describing what a self portrait is, and what symbols they would like to use to represent themselves in their self portrait.

2.     Day 2:

1.     Students will describe what it is they wrote about in their paper to the class, and will help eachother to find symbols to represent these ideas and concepts.

2.     Students will work on their self portrait.

3.     Day 3:

1.     Students will continue working on their self portraits.

2.     Teacher will walk around commenting and offering suggestions on student work.

3.     Teacher will remind students that the portrait is due tomorrow.

4.     Day 4:

1.     Class will have a review of what a symbol and self portrait are.

2.     Students will each describe their work to their peers.

3.     Students will critique each other’s work, using a  positive comment, asking a question (about the piece), and propose an idea/change to keep in mind in the future. This discussion must remain positive and students will NOT be allowed to degrade others’ work.

4.     Following this critique, students will complete a self evaluation on their piece, telling what grade they feel they deserve.

5.     Students will hand in work for grading and self evaluation assessment.

4.     Check for Understanding: Provide a brief plan on how you will determine what your students have learned and how you will identify areas or concepts which need further clarification and explanation.

1.     Informal Assessment:

1.     Students will be assessed on their participation in the discussion of symbolism and self portraits

2.     Formal Assessment

1.     Students will be formally graded on their paper, to check for understanding of symbolism as well as basic grammar in their description of what they will create for their portrait. Students should mention that symbolism is the use of an image to represent something else (a concept, idea, etc.) and should understand that a self portrait is art that an artist creates that has the likeness of themself.

2.     Students will be assessed on their following assignment guidelines, and using only symbols to represent themselves. They will also be assessed on their use of composition and creativity.

3.     Students will be formally assessed on their participation in the final critique. Each student is expected to participate.

5.     Reflection/Evaluation of the Experience (to be completed after the lesson/learning experience):

How did the students respond to the materials and activities? What modifications would you make next time? Why? How did the students respond in ways you had not anticipated? What were the students’ and teacher’s comments/feedback?

Symbolism in Art – Jan Van Eyck

1.     Ex. Jan Van Eyck – Wedding Portrait

“ The intersection of the secular and religious in Flemish painting also surfaces in Jan van Eyck's double portrait Giovanni Arnolfini and His Bride. Van Eyck depicts the Lucca financier (who had established himself in Bruges as an agent of the Medici family) and his betrothed in a Flemish bedchamber that is simultaneously mundane and charged with the spiritual. As in the Mérode Altarpiece , almost every object portrayed conveys the event's sanctity, specifically, the holiness of matrimony. Arnolfini and his bride, Giovanna Cenami, hand in hand, take the marriage vows. The cast-aside clogs indicate this event is taking place on holy ground. The little dog symbolizes fidelity (the common canine name Fido originated from the Latin fido, "to trust"). Behind the pair, the curtains of the marriage bed have been opened. The bedpost's finial (crowning ornament) is a tiny statue of Saint Margaret, patron saint of childbirth. From the finial hangs a whisk broom, symbolic of domestic care. The oranges on the chest below the window may refer to fertility, and the all-seeing eye of God seems to be referred to twice. It is symbolized once by the single candle burning in the left rear holder of the ornate chandelier and again by the mirror, where viewers see the entire room reflected. The small medallions set into the mirror's frame show tiny scenes from the Passion of Christ and represent God's ever-present promise of salvation for the figures reflected on the mirror's convex surface.”


Self Portrait Examples:

Frida Kahlo

Andy Warhol

Van Gogh

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Symbolism Example:

Kahlo Portrait:

Warhol Portrait:

Van Gogh Portrait:

Giuseppe Arcimboldo Portrait: