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Students discover who they are through art in this hand-self portrait lesson! Get to know your students as they write about their beliefs and who they are as a person. Students will use the creative process to design and apply elements using repetition and variety in their handprint piece.
Students create their own self-portrait using their handprint, Zentangle designs, and a narrative describing who they are. The art lesson centers around creating a piece of artwork based on a core idea of who they are as a person, and a language Arts piece on writing a stream-of-consciousness using details to support who they are as a person and where they came from.
- 4 Page Lesson Plan with National Standards for Visual Arts and Common Core Standards for English Language Arts; Big idea, Essential questions, Objectives, Instructional Materials, Supplies, and detailed process. Also included are resource links, vocabulary, and rubric. All editable.
- 25 page PowerPoint & PDF with step-by-step instructions
- Student samples of Hand Self-Portraits
- Doodle Starter Sheets that include steps on how to create 12 different zentangle patterns
- 2 video demonstration links
Your students will love writing their own personal narrative and then bringing it to life! Writing their own story describing who they are and where they came from, as well as their core beliefs will turn their art into a personal journey.
Visual Arts Standards Grades 6-12
VA:Cr1.1.HSI Use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors.
VA:Cr1.2.IIa Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices to plan works of art and design.
VA:Cn 10.1.HSI: Document the process of developing ideas from early stages to fully elaborated ideas.
VA:Re 9.1.HSIII: Construct evaluations of a work of art or collection of works based on differing sets of criteria.
VA:Cr1.2.6: Formulate an artistic investigation of personally relevant content for creating art.
VA:Cr2.1.6: Demonstrate openness in trying new ideas, materials, methods, and approaches in making works of art and design.
VA:Cr2.1.7: Demonstrate persistence in developing skills with various materials, methods, and approaches in creating works of art or design.
VA:Cr2.1.8: Demonstrate willingness to experiment, innovate, and take risks to pursue ideas, forms, and meanings that emerge in the process of art-making or designing.
ELA Common Core Standards
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.3c Use a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.2b Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant and relevant facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
TEACHERS LIKE YOU SAID…
“I used this resource as a beginning of the year activity for students to express themselves. I gave minimal guidelines and really let my students be creative. I hung them up around our classroom and the students love it. .” - Samantha L.
“My students loved doing this during summer school. We made it all about them. They were to write their story. It served two purposes, integrate art and writing.” - Heidi W.
“My students produced some strong work with this assignment. Students developed deep connections and the output was amazing!” - Maghan C.
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