Visual Arts

Colour Chip Check Ins

Colour chips can be collected from hardware and paint stores. Colour speaks all languages and allows us to connect and learn about each other in a unique way. They can be a wonderful way to explore feelings and emotions.

Link for an emotions colour wheel – click on the colour and the emotion comes up with the word description and a picture.

Emotions Colour Wheel Link

 

Design your own Tattoo or Personal Logo

Having older students design their own symbolic tattoo or logo is a great creative design activity to promote self awareness and expression.  The imagery incorporated into the design can represent important events, people, memories, ancestry. Messaging can be included that has significance or inspiration. 

Making Mandalas

The act of making mandala art is not only relaxing, it has the wonderful side effect of self-discovery. Throughout time many materials have been used from stones and leaves to sand and seeds. Creating mandalas is another path to mindfulness and a wonderful expression of creativity.

Inner Critic and Inner Champion Sculptures

We all have an inner critic – it is that voice inside our heads that whispers, or yells, negative remarks to you about yourself. What does your inner critic say to you?

Create art that represents students’ inner critic and inner champions.

Red - A Crayon's Story

RED has been piloted in elementary, secondary and adult learning environments. The simple clear message about personal identity provides a multitude of entry points.

 The Arts Companion LessonIdentity Sculpture has helped to bring deeper understanding and support of creative expression and discussion of personal identity.

Micrography Self Portraits

Micrography is created from text that forms an image when viewed at a distance, creating an interplay between the text and image. The aim is for students to create portraits that are more like their true selves than a  traditional portrait as personalized words create the lines in the portrait. (From a distance, we recognize the person, but to get to know more about them, we must get closer.)

Erasure Art

Have students sift through a page of words and identify words that have meaning to their own personal identity. Use sharpies to go over all the other words on the page and in the process create a meaningful design.