Images of Me
General Theme: We are all transforming ourselves throughout our lives.

Who am I? How do others see me? Who do I want to become? Who can I imagine myself to be? Some characteristics of who we are, we share with people throughout the world, for example, girl, boy, man, woman, daughter, son, parent, uncle, niece, granddaughter, young, or old. We draw other characteristics of who we are from our culture, for example, Chicana/o, African American, French Canadian, Navajo, Amish, or Cambodian American. Still other characteristics we draw from the roles we play, for example, basketball player, movie buff, skateboarder, Internet cruiser, political activist, religious leader or disciple, teacher, student, or friend. Other aspects of our identity are personal or based on our individual lives or dreams for the future. We can transform our identities as we move from one life situation to another, and as we choose directions for our lives.

Artworks often express the personal and cultural identities of those who make them. Through our activities, including the act of creating artworks, we can help to determine and shape who we are as individuals and as members of society.

Art Theme: Art is a way to express who we are.



Why a Thematic Approach?
Themes help students integrate their understanding by:

  • connecting ideas in art with events and situations in their own lives
  • connecting learning about art with learning through art making
  • connecting artworks from very different cultures and eras
  • connecting ideas in art with ideas in other areas of study


Broad based themes that have concerned people from all times and cultures emerge as one reflects on the meaning of artworks made in different times and cultures. Themes can be expressed as general life themes as well as art themes.

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