Art of the Self Portrait
WORKSHOP for ENGLISH/HISTORY CLASSES: GRADES 6 - 12
Residency Artist: Cheryl Myrbo

**This workshop material is the copyright of Cheryl Myrbo and may not be copied or used in any form
unless Cheryl Myrbo will be conducting the workshop.


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PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: Familiarize High School students with the art of the self portrait using oral presentation and collage.

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: This residency can be used in Language Arts, History, and Visual Arts classes.

SPACE AND TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS: Large classroom with tables or desks. Sinks nearby. Slide projector and screen; LCD player optional. CD player.

PROGRAM STATUS: Complete, practiced at Chattahoochee High School in January 2004, 2005; Banneker High School 2006.

SESSIONS: Presentation 20 minutes, hands-on 30 minutes; second hands-on day recommended. Four - five sessions per day. Approximately 25 students per session. $300/day

SAMPLE PROGRAM OUTLINE
Art of the Self Portrait

Between stanzas of "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue," (Bob Dylan, Bringing it All Back Home, 1965) artist tells the story of her adolescent life from her junior year in high school after the deaths at Kent State (1970) up to her younger brother's death from AIDS in 1989. Throughout the story are anecdotes of life as an adolescent during the Vietnam War, a brief interlude as an expat in France and Italy, the return to Oregon and finally Key West, interlaced with personal political, musical, and literary insights. Following the presentation the class can view an LCD of self portrait imagery throughout history (optional) and the artist's self portrait collage from her work at the Atlanta College of Art.



Student collage work.






"Myopia and Diana's Death," 1996, Myrbo, Atlanta College of Art



Myrbo "Self portrait," 1997, Atlanta College of Art.


Art project involves devouring multitudes of magazines and newspapers, adding personal memorabilia, and making use of various mediums to create self portrait collages.



PRE and POST-ACTIVITY: Assign students to collect personal mementos to bring in to class beforehand.
Teachers are encouraged to require students to give an imaginative oral presentation narrating their final piece.
Exhibition of the work on the walls of the school.



**This workshop material is the copyright of Cheryl Myrbo and may not be copied or used in any form
unless Cheryl Myrbo will be conducting the workshop.





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