Lesson Plan

Portraits That Capture Character

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One of the great things about technology is that it lets youngsters visit museums that may be many miles away. With this resource, middle and high schoolers can visit the portrait galleries at J. Paul Getty Museum, located in Los Angeles, California, without the expense of travel. After a discussion of the term "portrait" and an analysis of two of Dorothea Lange's photographs, class members borrow Lange's techniques and create a portrait of a classmate.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Host a gallery showing of the portraits and invite parents, community members, and other students
Classroom Considerations
  • The plan is designed for learners enrolled in visual arts classes and presumes access to photographic equipment
  • The resource includes lesson plans, links to the Getty site and to Lange's photographs, and assessment strategies
  • While no rubric is attached, assessment criteria are included