Frida Kahlo Identity unit
Dr. Lori Santos
Art can reflect multi dimensions of our identity.
Our Identity reflects self-awareness and our connections to others.
Identity is influenced by others.
One’s identity can be misread.
How is my identity formed?
What are the various dimensions of my identity?
How are these dimensions significant to me?
How does identity influence the way we see ourselves in relationship to others?
What motivates image making of self?
How is the personal or social self, represented in art?
How does style and media choice reflect my identity?
Whose voice is present in the creation of identity influenced art?
How do I include or exclude others in my identity?
How do others see me, is it truth or not?
Art Explorations in A Six-Week Unit Plan
WEEK 1 and WEEK 2:
Identity Mapping: THE DOUBLE SELF
Draw a personal identity map using Jones and McEwen’s model as a base
a. Expand your map to include visual symbols to reflect various
b. Create a drawing or painting that reflects a challenging
childhood experience that is paramount to one dimension of
your identity map, include images of how you might transform
WEEK 1 through WEEK 6:
Identity Journaling: THE MERGED SELF
c. Over the course of the first four weeks document in your
journal reflections (text and image) of yourself and reflections
of you by others using guided questions or prompts provided
by the instructor (THESE ARE HOMEWORK
ASSIGNMENTS DURING WEEK 1 - 3).
d. Create a 2-D or 3 -D mixed-media artwork of your choice that
uses these images and text to create a narrative that merges
elements of the self and the other.
WEEK 5 and WEEK 6:
Identity Masks: THE MASKED SELF
e. Create a mask that depicts your social and your personal self.
Depict two dimensions that are seemly in conflict with each
other providing a discourse for your undisclosed self. Mask can
be made from clay or paper. The inside and the outside of the
mask will be used. Students may change and mold the mask to
any shape or shapes as needed to express themselves.
f. Ask someone else to create a mask that depicts you. What do
you need to change or correct or add to the mask.
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