Submitted by: Donna Rodeghiero, Beecher High School, Beecher, IL Unit: Drawing - Identity - Illustration Lesson: "Where's Waldo" - Self "Portrait" Grade Level: High school (adaptable to lower grades)
Students create a narrative piece showing their likes and dislikes. "Where's Waldo" (Where's Wally) serves as inspiration. Look at narrative art - Hieronymus Bosch and others. Students learn there can be different kinds of self portraits.
Identify the cultural clues found within art forms
Produce/explore works of art based on their environment - personal experiences. Create a work of art about self.
Recognize how technical elements affect works of art - use elements and principles of design effectively
Star Wallowing Bull - Cultural Identity - "Black Elk's Little Sandman" - learning poster from Plains Art Museum. Poster is free - just pay shipping charges. More work by Star Wallowing Bull (Native American) can be found on line. Try a Google search.
Wheres Waldo Costume Kit - You can dress up like Waldo when you introduce the lesson. One idea would be for a student to dress as Waldo and then hide in the room. This might be more appropriate for lower grades.
Show examples of narrative art. Look for cultural clues in narrative art by Heironymus Bosch. Present some images of Where's Waldo. Compare/contrast with work of Bosch.
Tell students they will fill the composition with memories from early childhood to present. (Donna told them it could be about anything and everything they liked or disliked from their earliest memories on....like having glasses or braces, their pets, their games or special holidays or vacations that had a lasting effect on their lives or memories and to go from there.)
Look at some different kinds of self portraits (such as Van Gogh's chair and others).
Brainstorm events, happenings, memories from early childhood on. Make sketches on newsprint to represent the happenings, events - likes and dislikes
Fill composition on drawing paper with images to represent memories. Plan to unify the composition - repeating patterns. shapes and colors.
Color with choice of colored pencils, markers or watercolor.
Write a reflection about finished work.
Added by Jackie Brewer:
I have done something very similar to this. The students have difficulty when it comes to thinking of things about themselves. My approach has been this:
Brainstorm. List 20 things about themselves (can relate to family, events, likes and dislikes).
Choose sixteen, I don't tell them much more than this at a time for fear of getting trite ideas.
Fold 12" x 18" (30.5 x 46 cm) newsprint paper into sections to create sixteen areas.
Then they are told that they must illustrate all sixteen items. They may bring items in to work from but can not use magazines.
Cut out the individual drawings, such as around an apple... around the rose... etc.