TOOLKIT: INNER / OUTER PORTRAIT
SUBJECT: VISUAL ART
ARTIST: GREER LANKTON
GRADE: recommended 6th-12th grade
Students think about identity and sensitivity to others.
Students create a project to share more about their inner self.
Students think about the difference between who they are in the world and how they are inside.
Students reflect on how physical objects can represent their inner self.
1. Do you collect anything? What does this collection say about you?
2. How do you define yourself? What objects that you wear match this definition? Which objects defy this definition?
3. How has your definition of yourself changed over the years?
4. How does your identity change when in public versus private?
1. It’s all about ME, Not You (1996), by Greer Lankton
Create a project that shows two portraits – one of your inner self and one of your outer self. Think about non-traditional portraits – creating a diorama of your bedroom, taking photos of two different spaces or self-portraits, writing stories that show the two different selves. Think about how these portraits are different. Why are they different? Which portrait was easier to create? If you do this project and share it with your classmates, what have you learned about them?
PENNSYLVANIA CORE STANDARDS
-know and use the elements and principles of each art form to create works in the arts and humanities
-recognize, know, use and demonstrate a variety of appropriate arts elements and principles to produce, review and revise original works in the arts
-use knowledge of varied styles within each art form through a performance or exhibition of unique work
-demonstrate the ability to define objects, express emotions, illustrate an action or relate an experience through creation of works in the arts