By giving choices of themes that fit within your unit of study, individuality is more assured. Put possible selections in a hat for students to choose from. Think of a broad way to incorporate your idea so students can choose their own direction.
- Illustrate a famous quote by someone you admire. (SAMPLE HERE)
- Illustrate 1 stanza of a larger poem or story.
- Find and illustrate a stanza or page from a fairy tale.
- Find a unique idiom from your background culture to illustrate.
- Create a movie poster or comic book cover parody for a movie you hate or love.
- Write your name in Chinese but include stuff that tells us about you.
By creating a situation with an open ended problem that can have many solutions through design can be a great way to build in diverse results. These can often look like engineering problems, but can also be devised as fine art projects:
- Create a tower with 10 sheets of paper and 1 yard of tape
- Create a structure that can hold the weight of 10 textbooks
- Design a tree house that will use the tree as a structural element
- Create an altered book that includes 5 sections to represent your unique life experiences
- Using only recycled materials, create a wind sculpture
- Video from Rachel Wintemberg HERE
Create your project as if _____. These can be random, from a list of possibilities provided from the teacher, based on student research of topics they find interesting etc. Like…
- Create your project as if you were emulating a chosen artist.
- Draw a part of the school as if it was a surreal environment.
- Illustrate a feeling or concept as if it was an animal.
- Create your project as if you were expressing an emotional state.
- Create your project as if you were blind or disabled.
When a project is chosen, have students incorporate a concept that forces individuality.
- Incorporate personal cultural background to choose fairy tale, animal, idiom, etc.
- Illustrate an alphabet with a theme of personal interest.
- Incorporate personal point of view be it political, based on conscious, or personal choice.
- Expressing personal traits (Athletic, smart, lazy, shy, energetic)
- Design an award you’d want to win for your strongest skill.
- Using only colors or patterns based on a swatch of paper or given/selected image.
Using color, shape, and/or form in an abstract way to express feelings, but based on a personal of given visual vocabulary (See “The Emotional Color Wheel.”)
- Incorporate symbols of the self
- Symbols for likes/dislikes
- Using colors, shapes, or forms to express how you feel.
- Describe your family unit as a mobile of forms and colors.
- Alter colors, shapes, or forms to influence how other perceive it.
Expressing how you feel about a topic or an experience you have had.
- Death or separation
- Personal success or achievement
- Personal bucket list
- Circle of friends
This can be in a literal sense, like a self portrait, or including yourself within a chosen image, but it could also be about including the personification of self into the image.
- Include yourself as a monster, flower, alien, animal.
- Using the self to guide outcomes (Fish with big tail for athletic kid, small mouth for shy kid.)
- Incorporating colors, shapes, or patterns you are wearing today