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Department of Women’s and Gender Studies

Expressive Self-Portraiture Class

In spring 2006, WWBI graduate assistant Julie Jacobson designed and facilitated an after-school Expressive Self-Portraiture class for at-risk youth in the Columbia area. The class met for four weeks at the Empowerment Center and taught basic drawing techniques, such as linear perspective and figure drawing. Students produced collages by combining images from popular magazines with their own personal narratives to examine ideas of self-concept. Responding to their collaged images, students drew and painted around and over their collages to form self-portraits consisting of multiple layers of photos, writings, drawings, and paintings. The resulting artworks were compelling narratives of how popular culture mixes with internal dialogue to shape self-concept.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.