Name____________________________________ Block ____
Nine Squares For this project you will create a series of nine squares to form a symbolic self portrait:
3 squares that depict some aspect of your physical self (your eye, hand etc….from direct observation)
3 squares of symbols/ things that represent something about you or your interests.
3 squares that represent things about you that are not necessarily as visible (emotion or personality trait etc..) These can be abstract designs that symbolize the emotion or personality trait you have chosen.
Each square should be a minimum of 4”x 4” and completed with excellent composition, creativity and craftsmanship. They can be done on paper or cardboard and in any formation. Squares done on corrugated cardboard can be strung together with wire or glued to form a sculpture as an additional option. Media is open to drawing, painting and/or collage.
Sketch some ideas using a viewfinder for interesting and unusual views, angles and zooms. How can you make your squares visually interesting and different than anyone else’s in the class?
Nine Squares Symbolic Self Portrait
Name _________________________ Block___
This is your chance to reflect upon your process and finished product. In each of the five rows, please circle one box that you feel most accurately matches the amount of work you did for this project.
A Excellent Outstanding Planned carefully, designed effectively, used space effectively.
B Very Good Above Average Student made an effective design. Showed an awareness of filling the space adequately. The student made decisions after referring to one source; solved the problem in a logical way.
C Average/ Good
D Below Average
The student did the assignment adequately, yet it shows lack of planning. The student tried one idea, and carried it out adequately, but it lacked originality.
The assignment was completed and turned in, but showed little evidence of design or planning. The student fulfilled the assignment, but gave no evidence of trying anything unusual.
F Unsatisfactory /Poor The student did the minimum or the artwork was never completed.
The student tried unusual combinations; demonstrated outstanding problemsolving skills.
The project was continued until it was as complete as the student could make it; gave effort far beyond that required; took pride in going well beyond the requirement. The artwork was beautifully and patiently done; it was good as hard work could make it.
The student worked hard and completed the project, but with a little more effort it might have been outstanding.
Project was finished, but it could have been improved with more effort; chose an easy project and did it indifferently.
The project was completed with minimum effort.
The student did not finish the work adequately. The student did not put in enough effort.
With a little more effort, the work could have been outstanding; lacks the finishing touches.
The student showed average craftsmanship; adequate, but not as good as it could have been; a bit careless.
The student showed belowaverage craftsmanship, lack of pride in finished artwork.
The student followed through on commitments, was sensitive to the feelings and knowledge level of others, willingly participated in necessary work.
The student participated enthusiastically, followed through on commitments, performed more than adequately, assisted in prep and cleanup.
The student did his or her share of work adequately, assisted in preparation and cleanup when asked.
The student allowed others to do most of the work, did participate minimally, did the minimum amount.
The student showed poor craftsmanship; evidence of laziness or total lack of understanding. The student did a minimal amount of preparation and cleanup. The student had a poor attitude.
How well do you feel you drew the three squares that were self portraits from observation?
1. 2. 3.
What is the symbolism of the 3 objects that you chose to represent you?
1. 2. 3.
How well do you feel you did the 3 abstract squares? What is their symbolism?
1. 2. 3.
How did you choose to connect the 9 squares for display? Do you feel you presented your project in an interesting/ creative way? What do you think the most successful part of your work is? If you were to do this project again, what would you do differently next time? What letter grade do you feel you have earned for this project? _____ Explain why you chose that grade:
The student showed no evidence of original thought.
handout and rubric for nine squares project