Teachers Lesson Plans

Self-Portrait, Mirrors and Metamorphosis!: Grade 9-12


After exploring the complex visual worlds of M.C. Escher, students will create their own self-portrait using different types of reflective surfaces. They will engage in a process of self-reflection and how they want to be portrayed.


Students will manipulate and organize elements and principles of design (ie. reflection, perspective and distortion of space) to convey the complexities of personality through self-portraiture.


Students will produce two-dimensional works of art that express their intent, using a variety and appropriate selection of materials, tools, processes.


Students will demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between art and self-identity, the use of materials and processes.

Cross Curriculum Links:

This lesson plan also explores the subject areas of mathematics, English.


2-4 40-minute periods.