Thursday, December 1, 2011

2-D Collage Self-Portraits

If you've been following along for the past 2 years you will know that I get amazing work out of my Beginning 2-d kids.  And this year is no different.  Their self-portrait collages were exquisite, so deeply thought out and so beautifully executed.  Of course they had to jump thru a ton of hoops for me with the requirements I laid on them; a few examples are a bas-relief focal point, textural elements, a color scheme, text, and the list goes on and on.  This top one was done by senior Michelle Chang, and she titled it "The Weight of Age".   It's just so sensitive and lovely.
Above we have sophomore Megan Yeu with "Taken Back to Reality".  Aren't these just gorgeous and so well done?  Below is senior Carolina Navor with "The Ability to Let Go".  I have the kids start their base with a collaged backdrop in which we recycle a lot of various papers I collect.  Then the kids have access to all kinds of embellishments such as beads, buttons and hardware that have been donated.  But the best part of these pieces are the critical thinking skills used to put the major portion together with like the girl on the swing Carolina has built.  

Next we have senior William Luo with his extremely well thought out piece that he calls "Lost in Thought".  Totally cool piece!!!  And below is senior Victoria Wang with "We Fall Like Leaves".  Just look at the attention to detail these kids put into these works!

Above senior Joseph Chon sat for days thinking how he wanted to portray himself.  He racked is brain, getting so upset because he just had one of those brain freezes.  Almost on the last day this is what he came up with, simple but so effective.  He titled it "Waiting".  And lastly we have senior Tiffany Yeh with her piece titled "Stripped".  Again, check out the attention to detail and the involved collaged backdrop.  
For EXTRA CREDIT on any colored piece of paper, cut out the profile of your face as best you can, decorate it and put your name and period on the front, and the name of the person from above who did your favorite collaged self-portrait.  The more you do with it the more points you will earn.


  1. I want to do something like this with my middle school students. If you can, I would love it if you could send me more information about the requirements you gave the kids.

  2. This is such a wonderful project! I am a trainee teacher just about to start teaching a group of lower achieving students a project titled Self-image, I would also be so grateful if you would share any information about how you got the kids started.