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What is the purpose of a portrait? To identify someone? To understand someone? A portrait can represent more than just how a person looks. It can show viewers who the person is.

Interview your ‘sitter’. Find out all about them!


Where were you born?
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Have you ever lived somewhere else? If yes, describe it.
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Describe your family.
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What is the purpose of a portrait? To identify someone? To understand someone? A portrait can represent more than just how a person looks. It can show viewers who the person is.

Interview your ‘sitter’. Find out all about them!


Where were you born?
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Have you ever lived somewhere else? If yes, describe it.
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Describe your family.
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What do you like to do in your spare time?
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What are your favourite books, games, television shows?
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What’s your favourite colour?
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Describe a really good memory.
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What’s the most angry you’ve been? Sad? Happy?
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Choose three words to describe yourself.
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What things do you hate doing?
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What did you do last weekend?
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What’s your favourite season? Why?
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Learning Objectives

This activity encourages students to look at the act of portrait-making using skills such as critical and creative thinking, as well as historical thinking. In pairs, students develop their information and communication technology skills while conducting interviews and creating a multi-media art project. This activity meets many Language and Visual Arts learning outcomes.

This activity is well suited to classrooms investigating ideas about ‘representation’, particularly in a visual format. This activity encourages students to consider multiple perspectives.

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