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Women’s and Gender Studies Program

Expressive Self-Portraiture Class

In spring 2006, WWBI graduate assistant, Julie Jacobson, taught an after-school Expressive Self-Portraiture class to "at-risk" teens. The class met for 4 weeks at the Empowerment Center and taught basic drawing techniques, such as linear perspective and figure drawing. Students also made collages using images from popular magazines, personal narratives, and scrapbooks. Students used these techniques and their collages to examine the idea of self-concept. Responding to their collaged images, students drew and painted around and over their collages to form self-portraits that consisted of multiple layers of photos, writings, and finally 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.