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MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Self Portraits

GOAL: Children will be able to identity several European self-portraits and look  how artist's choice in materials, size and function of their work can add to the interpretation of the piece. By looking at the different self portraits it will be evident that self-portraiture is a represenational genre, not just in the physical representation of the artist but in all aspects and choices of the final piece.  

OBJECTS (see specific slides for details and questions on each piece):

1. Saint Luke Drawing the Virgin,  93.153, William A. Coolidge Gallery (Northern Europe, 1400–1600) - 243A

2. Self Portrait, 60.155, 3. Artist in His Studio, 38.1838, Art of the Netherlands in the 17th Century Gallery -242

4. Fantastic Inkwell, 1973.551a-d, Lorna and Robert Rosenberg Gallery (Europe, 1830–1900) - 252

5. Self Portrait with a Beret, 1972.950



Fantastic Creature- Children will make their own "fantastic" self portrait that serves as a functional object. either in a 2D or 3D format. making legs, tails and body out of dragon template or using markers and crayons to design their own. or using clay or other material to create a sculpture. examples: picture frame, pencil holder, bookmark. 

Self Portrait Jewlery- Children will create a piece of jewlery that will feature their self portrait on it. template was made out of paper using the egg die cut, and hole punching the piece in the top of the egg will allow for a piece of floss, string or pipe cleaner to go through. then using materials such as crayons, markers, feathers and scrap paper, children can individualize their self portraits. 


Variable to specific activity and medium using.