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Self-Portraits Introduction

Presentation discussing why and how artists create self-portraits.
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on 26 July 2014

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SELF-PORTRAITS
A
self-portrait
is a self-created representation of an artist.
What is a Self-Portrait?
Why do Artists Create Self-Portraits?
There are many reasons why artists create self-portraits:
Artists have used
self-portraits to
explore the basic
question:
WHO AM I?
Léopold Boilly (French, 1761-1845),
Grimacing Man (Self-Portrait), c. 1822-23
Creating a self-portrait takes the artist on
a journey of self-exploration.
They have to consider the following:
What do they want to express about themselves?
How can they express who they are using posture, clothing, colors, expressions, objects and much more?
Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait, 1940
Reasons for
making
self-portraits:
artists use themselves as a model
to show skill/self-promotion
to achieve immortality
save a memory
to help the artist further understand him/herself
to tell a story
Albrecht Durer is considered the first prolific self portraitist. He was very aware of his reputation as an artist, and his income depended upon it. He depicted himself at least twelve times over his lifetime.
Albrecht Durer, Self-Portrait, 1500
Glass mirrors became available in Europe in the 15th century. The first mirrors used were convex (curved), causing some self-portraits to look stretched or deformed. Some artists liked this effect, such as the one shown below. The use of the mirror often results in right-handed painters seen as left-handed.
Parmigianino, Self-portrait in a Mirror, c. 1524
Johannes Gumpp, self-portrait, 1646
Representational vs. Symbolic
Some artists create self-portraits that are realistic or representational, whereas other self-portraits are created to depict the feelings or emotions of an artist. Some self-portraits don't look anything like the artist. Instead, they will use such things as objects, colors and symbols to express who they are.
Drawings
Paintings
Sculpture
Photos
Van Gogh
Dali
Making Your Own Self-Portrait
How do I make my OWN Self-Portrait?!?


FIRST, watch the Prezi: How to Draw Facial Features before you begin drawing yourself. It can be found on the class website.

Now, start drawing yourself! Begin by looking at yourself in the mirror and creating a continuous contour line self-portrait. This is an easy way to get you to start "SEEING" yourself. Watch the video to learn about
continuous contour line drawings
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the qualities, beliefs, culture, etc., that make a particular person different from others
Objectives:
1. To learn what a self-portrait is and discuss reasons why artists create self-portraits.
2. To understand representational versus symbolic self-portraits.
3. To create a self-portrait that focuses on correct proportions, symbolism, and realism.
So, what exactly is a self-portrait?

Self-Portrait:
A self-portrait is a self-created representation of an artist.
Before we explore self-portraits, let's think about.....
Do you accept yourself as you are or are you really critical about how you look?
For example:
Vincent Van Gogh:
-painted 30 self-portraits during a 3 year span.
- mainly did them to develop his skills as an artist
-didn't have money to pay for models.

What message do you think Dove was trying to portray with that video?
Why do artists create self-portraits????
Brainstorm!
Using your table groups, come up with 2 different reasons why artists create self-portraits.
Artists make self-portraits for a variety of reasons:
But the main reason they make them is to express themselves and answer the basic question of:
"Who am I?"
1. to practice
2. show their skills
3. can't afford a model

There are 2 types of self-portraits:
Representational
Symbolic
Representational:
Self-portraits that are realistic to what the artist actually looks like.
Symbolic:
Self-portraits that depict an artists feelings and emotions.
Usually do NOT look anything like the artist
Objects, colors, and symbols will be used to express who they are.
Van Gogh's Chair and Pipe
Salvador Dali's self-portrait

Identify whether the self-portraits are representational or symbolic.
A. Representational B. Symbolic
1.
2.
A. Representational B. Symbolic
3.
4.

thorns represents pain
hummingbird means luck in love
black cat is symbol of bad luck and death
her pet monkey
butterflies symbolizes resurrection.
leaves represent her love of her county Mexico.
How do artists make self-portraits?
A.
B.
C.
Think about it!
Let's imagine that you were about to create a symbolic but realistic self-portrait like Frida Kahlo's.........
Write 3 sentences explaining what you would incorporate in it and why.
it can be an object, animal, place, etc.
be prepared to share
Exit Ticket: Re-answer these questions
asked at the beginning:
1. What is a self-portrait?
2. Explain why artists create self-portraits.
3. Compare and contrast a representational and symbolic self-portrait.
4. identify the self-portraits as either representational, symbolic, or both.

Conclusion:
During this lesson, we learned that a self-portrait is created by an artist mainly to express their feelings, emotions, and answer the question "who am I?". We also learned that there are 2 types of self-portraits, representational and symbolic. We are then going to apply what we learned to our own journey of self-exploration by creating our own self-portraits.

Now, let's look deeper into this question.
Dove made this video about real people being asked to describe themselves to a forensic sketch artist.

Imagine you had to describe your appearance to a person who couldn't see you. This person never met you before and did not know anything about you. Write 2-3 sentences about how you would describe your features to them. Remember to be specific.
I think Dove was trying to help us understand that we focus too much on the negative things, the things we don't like about ourselves too much. I think they wanted us to realize our uniqueness, and we shouldn't be afraid to show that.
teacher model
Let's practice drawing portraits first before we focus on ourselves and correct proportions.
Draw your partner (person 1 & person 2) to the best of your ability.
make sure to draw what you see.
just draw the outline, do not shade anything in.
focus on getting the facial features in the right places

Think. pair. share:

Person 1 will read their description of their appearance to person 2 and person 2 will read theirs to person 1.
Jamie Salmon
Vermeer
Da Vinci
Rembrandt
Warhol
Close
Each group shares one
This kind only shows the artist
Can self-portraits be both representational and symbolic??
Yes!!
Frida Kahlo
1. What is a self-portrait?
2. Explain why artists create
self-portraits.
3. Compare and contrast a
representational and symbolic
self-portrait.
Answer the following Qs
1. What is a self-portrait?
2. Explain why artists create self-portraits.
3. Compare and contrast a representational and symbolic self-portrait.
4. identify the self-portraits as either representational, symbolic, or both.
1. What is a self-portrait?
2. Explain why artists create self-portraits.
3. Compare and contrast a representational and symbolic self-portrait.
4. identify the self-portraits as either representational, symbolic, or both.
1. What is a self-portrait?
2. Explain why artists create self-portraits.
3. Compare and contrast a representational and symbolic self-portrait.
4. identify the self-portraits as either representational, symbolic, or both.
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