Self-Portrait Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Teach students about the artistic selfie with this lesson plan. Students discern between a portrait and self-portrait, then take a look at mediums used by prominent artists. Finish up with application of skills.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'self-portrait'
  • explain the difference between a self-portrait and a portrait
  • discuss mediums used to create self-portraits


1 - 2 hours


  • Images of self-portraits by prominent artists, such as Degas, Van Gogh, or Picasso
  • Copies of the printable lesson quiz
  • Cameras
  • Canvas, one for each student
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint
  • Mirrors

Key Vocabulary

  • Self-portrait
  • Genre
  • Photorealism
  • Expressionism

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.3

Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

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