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Transcript of Self-Portraits
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
explore the basic
WHO AM I?
Léopold Boilly (French, 1761-1845),
Grimacing Man (Self-Portrait), c. 1822-23
Creating a self-portrait embarks the artist on
an artistic journey of self-exploration. Artists
What do they want to express about themselves?
How can they express who they are using posture, clothing, colors and much more?
Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait, 1940
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
How do artists make self-portraits?
Self-portraits can be...
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.
Making Your Own Self-Portrait
Start by getting to know YOURSELF!
How do I make my OWN Self-Portrait?!?
In this art unit, we will explore the theme:
THIS IS HOW WE WILL BEGIN:
1. Create a ZINE about you (your teacher will show you how). The Zine will be the place where you to start answer the question,
"Who Am I?"
2. 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
3. Next, you will write an "I AM..." poem. Your teacher will give you an "I Am" poem handout to get you started.
4. Make a stencil self-portrait (your teacher will instruct you how). See examples of other students' work.
the qualities, beliefs, culture, etc., that make a particular person different from others