Making Art


Making Art: Outer Me, Inner Me


Project Overview

Second-grade students explored narrative writing and expanded their descriptive vocabulary through a series of material explorations, which culminated in self-portraits that reflected their internal and external selves.

Images for Investigation

Essential Question

What makes me me?

Artistic Goals
  • Students will learn how to draw themselves from observation.
  • Students will learn how to mix colors and create compositions with acrylic paint.
  • Students will understand how to make thoughtful choices regarding the appearance of their final project, and be able to explain the choices they made.
Curricular Goals
  • Students will develop a range of vocabulary for describing their feelings.
  • Students will be able to identify small moments in their lives that hold larger meanings.
  • Students will envision a scenario that they hope or dream about for their future.
  • Students will consider how they want their writing to be read, and make choices based on the perception of the reader.
National Content Standards Addressed

Visual Arts K–4.1: Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes

  • Students describe how different materials, techniques, and processes cause different responses.
  • Students use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.

Visual Arts K–4.3: Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas

  • Students explore and understand prospective content for works of art.
  • Students select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.

Visual Arts K–4.6: Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines

  • Students understand and use similarities and differences between characteristics of the visual arts and other arts disciplines.

English K–12.4: Communication Skills

  • Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.