Each learner was told they would be drawing two abstract pieces of art. One which represented themselves, and one which represented another member of the class (given to them by their learning facilitators and kept secret from their peers). They could use pencils or pastels to complete their piece and they had the majority of the morning to do so. However, we gave them a bit of a helping hand and also asked them to think of 5 adjectives to accompany each piece, adjectives which described the persona of whom they were drawing.
We displayed their finished pieces and each piece was given either a letter (for self portraits) or a number. Year 9 were then given the opportunity to explore everyone's work and try to guess who had drawn who. For the majority of us the adjectives helped us to guess correctly, but there were still 3 or 4 people who were tricky to identify!
During reflection we asked which part was most challenging and a lot of learners found writing adjectives about themselves was hard, with a couple of people (and adults) noticing that we as individuals are much more critical of ourselves than we are of others.
Can you guess if one of these below was your child's abstract self portrait?