My Many Layers

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My Many Layers




Identity is constructed from the experiences, DNA, and environment of an individual. It is a unique and malleable attribute that our learners are eager to discuss. Within this unit, learners will explore the ways that pressures from peers and society can lead to identity suppression and how, often, artists turn to art to explore their own identity.


Lane Laney


“A Gentleman of the Emo Family,” Jacopo Robusti (1962.15)
“Opening to the Unknown Nourishment,” Lesley Dill (2002.11.1)
“The Dutch Wives,” Jasper Johns (1980.7)


Handheld Art


Columbia Museum of Art

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7 classes


Visual Arts Standards:
VAH2-1.2 Describe the ways that different materials, techniques, and processes evoke different responses in one who is creating or viewing artworks.
VAH2-1.3 Communicate ideas through the effective use of a variety of materials, techniques, and processes in works of visual art.
VAH2-3.1 Explore the sources of the subject matter and the ideas in variety of works of visual art.
VAH2-3.3 Select and effectively use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning through his or her artworks.

Integrated CCSS:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.2e Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.


The learners will...
• Explain how artists throughout history have represented personal identity in different ways and motivations for using art to explore identity
• Construct a multi-layered collage using at least one example of the tape transfer process
• Draft and write a haiku that represents the layers of their collage and/or identity


Clear packaging tape, paper, magazines, newspapers, modpodge and other adhesives, camera (optional), editing software (optional), printer, sandpaper (optional)

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