PAINTING THE SACRED SELF

LESSON ABSTRACT

Through this lesson, students will explore their individual beliefs by combining words and images in a self-portrait inspired by Howard Finster. Students will explore their individual beliefs by combining words and images in a self-portrait inspired by outsider artists Reverend Howard Finster, Lee Godie, and Willliam Hawkins. They will give text new life by combining several art techniques: portraiture (drawn from photographs taken by the students themselves), landscape, symbolism, and pattern. Students will combine and overlay these various techniques, along with text, to create a painted self-portrait cutout on wood.