Seventy-eight 6th grade students in Mr. Magierski’s art classes used the process of artistic creation to guide their creative inquiry of self discovery. Artist Jonathan Franklin introduced students to an Exquisite Corpse project that prompted students to investigate perceptions of self and others. Students referenced cultural masks as ways to alter ones identity, celebrate love or beauty or change perceptions. The students added color and pattern to four headshot images of themselves, layered them together, cut the pages into identical strips and assembled them into a short book form.

Here’s what some of the students had to say about the project:

  • “I learned that creativity comes in many forms.”
  • “I learned that no matter what you look like, you are awesome. Also, that even in a mask, you are you.”

Thanks to Jill Kramer Goldstein for the photos. See slideshow below.

Julian Art Start with Jonathan Franklin