All About Me Project Ideas for Middle School

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

Are you looking for a start-of-school art project for your middle school students? Check out these All About Me ideas including a life-sized self portrait, wearable art, and children's books.

Express Yourself

At the beginning of the year, a common theme is All About Me, an introductory-style exercise designed to help students get to know each other and make new friends. Another application of the All About Me project is to encourage students to gain self-awareness. When students are more aware of their own actions, attitudes, and inclinations, they are better able to interact with others and are often happier and more productive. These All About Me art projects for middle schoolers can be used both to introduce students to each other and to encourage self-awareness.

Project: Self Portrait Outline

Objective: Use multiple media to create a life-sized self-portrait.

Materials: Various

  • Provide students with examples of a variety of self-portraits in different styles. Discuss the techniques represented in your samples.
  • Each student starts by having a peer trace their body (head to toe) on a large piece of bulletin board paper. Students should choose a pose that represents something they like to do.
  • Students decorate their outline in a way that expresses their personality and preferences.
  • Students should use at least three different media in their portrait (paint, chalk, collage, etc.).
  • Students write an explanation of their portrait and how their choices of decoration express their personality and what each element of their portrait represents.
  • Students present their self-portraits to the class.

Project: Wearable Art

Objective: Create a clothing item or accessory that represents your personality.

Materials: Various

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