Create an illustrated map of all the identities, experiences, ideas, people, and more that make you a unique, multifaceted individual. Consider ways you could communicate your identity using art, and start experimenting!
Time: 10+ minutes
- Pen or pencil
- Your choice of color source (markers, crayons, colored pencils, etc)
Teachers should create their own illustrated identity map to model the task, but also to model vulnerability, risk-taking, and sharing.
- Invite students to consider the word “identity”. Where have they heard that word before? What does it mean to them?
- Students will start with making a map of their varied identities. Students should create a bubble map by drawing an oval in the middle of the paper with their name in it.
- Next, students will draw spokes coming out of the center bubble with words to represent parts of their identities. To think about these spokes students might consider the following:
- How would you describe yourself to others?
- How would others describe you? Is it accurate?
- Who are the important people in your life?
- What experiences have affected you?
- What is your culture? How does it impact your life?
- What are your interests?
- Once students are comfortable with their maps, they’ll begin to think about how they can express their identities with visual art.
- For each trait on their maps, ask students to consider how to express that trait using a line, a shape, a color, or a symbol. Students should sketch their ideas on their map.
- Students can refer back to their maps for a “visual vocabulary” of their own identities. These maps could be reference points to create complete artworks and learn more about each other.