Sketchbook No.8: Identity Silhouette

Processed with VSCOcam with 4 presetBRAINSTORMING – Bubble Map:

Red day DUE  Tuesday, February 27th

Blue day DUE Wednesday, February 28th


Red day DUE  Tuesday, March 13th 

Blue day DUE Wednesday, March 14th

Essential Question(s):

1. What is identity + a silhouette?

2. What is a theme?                                                                                                                                

3. How can I use the Elements of Art + Principles of Design to successfully represent my identity in a silhouette?  

4. What symbols represent a specific identity visually?

 5. How can I produce a silhouette with unity and rhythm to lead the viewer’s eye through my work?

Mastery Objective(s): The student will…

1. demonstrate their understanding of the Elements of Art, the Principles of Design: unity + rhythm, and a work of art with a cohesive theme by creating a representation of identity within a silhouette.




1.the fact of being who or what a person or thing is.




1.the dark shape and outline of someone or something visible against a lighter background, especially in dim light.




1. a central idea in a piece of writing or other work of art. 2. can be an underlying topic of a discussion or a recurring idea in an artistic work.


No.1: BRAINSTORM – Bubble Map

Brainstorm about yourself. 2-bubble_map.jpg
Create a bubble map or free-write about who you are and what parts of your life have helped shape who you are. Think about these categories as you brainstorm:
a. identity: 1. the fact of being who or what a person is 2. determined at birth and then by the choices we make
b. spirituality:  1. a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves, and it typically involves a search for meaning in life. As such, it is a universal human experience—something that touches us all 2. the culturally diverse ways we honor life
c. community: 1. a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals 2. the relationships we establish with other people + places
d. locality:  the position or site of something 2. a particular place, situation, or location
EXAMPLE – Mrs. Tabitha Eller:
identity – think about things in your life that are factual and each little bit put together as a whole = you. also, things you like – parts of your personality that = you.
christian.wife.mother.daughter.sister.teacher.artist green.turquoise.white
and then I will brainstorm even further from those categories…
spirituality – your beliefs…could be religion, etc.
christian.holy trinity. god.jesus.holy each other.celebrate life.
and again, begin to delve deeper, coming up with more specific ideas that lead even closer to your individuality – you are trying to come up with words + memories that bring up visual symbols of who you are…
community – the relationships you have with others, typically as a group of people you share the same interests + or goals.
for me this is different than some others because I have moved so much in my lifetime – my community is near + far…I have connections in several places.
as a younger student, your community may be your family, friends, school, etc…
locality – place, situation, location.
again, since I could describe myself as nomadic, my locality has played an intricate part of shaping me into the person I am. locality can also speak to things in your life that ‘just are’, you may not have as much control over them. others have also thought of locality with more of metaphorical meaning – where are you or your loved ones linked with spirituality. locality could be concrete – thought of as the street you live on, the city you reside in or more abstract – where you are in life, where a family member is that has passed, etc. you may brainstorm in the concrete version or abstract, it is completely up to you…
Do not get tangled in the specifics, I am giving you these categories to get your brain power pumping. The most important part of this step in the process is to just write + think about what makes you who you are – what makes you tick!


After brainstorming, hone in on a main idea. Maybe something in your writing is reoccuring. If you see repetition within your brainstorming activity then it is probably important to you. Also, to bring unity to this project, you need to decide on a color scheme. A limited color palette is always helpful for bringing unity to a work of art.
EXAMPLE: Even though there are many items I could potentially focus on from my past, I am going to choose to focus on things in my life now that are having a large impact on who I am today. So I can choose to go with
Alexandria, VA.TCW.Minnie 3 sons.RCC
and begin to come up with and search for visual imagery that speaks to these items above…the color scheme I choose needs to set a mood for my artwork…what do I want my viewer to think or feel when they look at my work.
No.3: POSE!
Pose for Mrs. Eller in front of a light, so she can trace your shadow on drawing paper! Think about what you are trying to say about yourself through your silhouette.
Here are some images to help you think about things to consider:


Each silhouette above speaks differently than the other. Other than the difference in gender, the viewer can make references to age, emotion, and so on.
What do you want the pose to say about you?
Go through magazines and find colors, items, objects + places that visually tell a story. You can sketch, paint, create art + icons to add to your silhouette as well. Maybe you would rather draw or paint the whole piece instead of collaging. This is up to you.
Lay out all of the pieces – how will you fit them together inside your silhouette?
Maybe you fit items according to how they fit on the parts of the face and form the facial structure or what is most important to you…maybe it should be the focal point and everything else radiate out from it?
Shytina Howze chose to use the visual images like the structure of the face, as seen below:


She is also moving the viewer’s eye throughout the work with the contrast of dark values and light values. The way she arranged the values on the silhouette creates a rhythm and movement that moves our eye around the work. Use glue sticks, a brush and elmer’s glue or rubber cement and adhere the collage/sketches into the desired composition.


No.6: SEAL

Last step! Use the thin, wide brush and apply mod podge to the artwork. Be sure you have a couple sheets of newspaper underneath as you are painting the edges. ***It will go on with an opaque, goopy white appearance and dry shiny + clear. This is an important step, as it keeps your magazine sketches from coming up + off around the edges of each clipping.  The seal also brings out the color in the magazine!


I will laminate!

and viola you have your very own Identity Silhouette! (pics from my students coming soon)


1.Color Scheme/Limited Color Palette


Both of the above requirements need to support one another and illustrate your identity as shown by your brainstorming.

3.Rhythm + Movement



These Principles of Design should be utilized to create a successful composition and lead your viewer’s eye throughout the artwork.


Turn in the completed assignment by the requested due date!