This resource uses philosophical inquiry to explore ideas about identity and portraiture. Students will look at and discuss a range of portraits, make their own portraits and use question prompts to help them consider a range of viewpoints.
You can try all four sessions or select sessions to suit your learners.
Sessions are intended for 9-13-year-olds but can be adapted for other age groups.
Does a portrait need a face?
This session introduces three very different portraits and asks you to consider what you can learn about a person from their portrait. Think, listen, discuss and experiment with new ways to represent another person.
A portrait of Scotland
This session invites you to imagine Scotland as a person. Gather objects, consider images and stereotypes to develop your own understanding of what Scotland means to you and how you might show that through portraiture.
This resource supports a range of Experiences and Outcomes in line with the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence, including the following:
When I engage with others, I know when and how to listen, when to talk, how much to say, when to ask questions and how to respond with respect. LIT 1-02a
When I engage with others, I can respond in ways appropriate to my role, show that I value others’ contributions and use these to build on thinking. LIT 2-02a
As I listen or watch, I can identify and discuss the purpose, key words and main ideas of the text, and use this information for a specific purpose. LIT 1-04a
As I listen or watch, I can identify and discuss the purpose, main ideas and supporting detail contained within the text, and use this information for different purposes. LIT 2-04a
can show my understanding of what I listen to or watch by responding to and asking different kinds of questions. LIT 1-07a
I can show my understanding of what I listen to or watch by responding to literal, inferential, evaluative and other types of questions, and by asking different kinds of questions of my own.
Art & Design
Inspired by a range of stimuli, I can express and communicate my ideas, thoughts and feelings through activities within art and design. EXA 1-05a / EXA 2-05
I can respond to the work of artists and designers by discussing my thoughts and feelings. I can give and accept constructive comment on my own and others’ work. EXA 1-07a / EXA 2-07a
Thanks to Cramond Primary School and South Morningside Primary School.
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