Understanding Images and Their Power

Kate Allen, Visual Art, W.A. Hough HS

Curriculum Unit (pdf)


In this unit I hope to give students the tools they need to examine visual media in a purposeful way in order to gain more meaning from the images they see. Students will begin by generally exploring how images have been used throughout history. We will then narrow our scope to portraiture and explore how this genre has been used to convey meaning. Students will learn basic technical drawing skills of proportion, shape, light, and shadow. They will then apply these skills to a self-portrait using design to communicate at least two internal aspects of their personality. We will conclude by examining contemporary portraiture both formal and informal in the genres of painting and Instagram.