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Portal Portrait




January 6, 2011

Institution ArtsConnectEd

iPad challenge #2 entry: "PORTAL PORTRAIT" 

by Julie Deters

Portraits have been created by artists since the beginning of time. Often they are created to deepen the understanding of someone, perhaps of the artists themselves as they create a self portrait. This lesson encourages a deeper understanding of the inner characteristics of the subject being portrayed. It also encourages the development of creative symbolism to illustrate those characteristics.

The Portal Portrait consists of a combination of images including a portal and the individual being portrayed. The portal is ultimately a passageway into the life of that person, literally or symbolically. Additional imagery in the Portal Portrait symbolizes inner characteristics and external influences of that person using the language of value, line, shape, color, texture and form. Using digital editing software, images are combined to create a completed Portal Portrait.

The following images are examples of PORTALS and PORTRAITS from the Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

As you view the following slides, notice the symbolic potential of the portals and the emotional content of the portraits. They are arranged so that you view a portal, then a portrait, alternating continuously throughout.

Also included is a process for brainstorming to assist in symbol development for your Portal Portrait. After brainstorming, please view examples of student work found at the end of the presentation.

A student handout is attached for this lesson. Although it was created for a High School class, It can be adapted for any level.

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Type: Instructional Set
Grades: 9-12
Instructional Method: Classroom Discussion, Lecture, Multimedia Instruction, Thematic Approach
Added to Site: January 6, 2011