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Frida Kahlo: A Look in the Mirror
(The Art of Self-Portraiture):
Lesson Four
Lesson 1
The Research
Lesson 2
Sharing The Knowledge
Lesson 4
Mini Museum


Lesson 4
Mini Museum

Student Work Samples

Rivera's Museum of Self-Portraits

Instructional Objectives
The students will:
  • create a virtual museum using web-authoring software (Netscape Composer)
Time Required
For photographing the artwork: one 20 min. setup and direct instruction time followed by independent work time to finish taking all of the photographs.
For creating the website: One 45 min. - 1 hr. period followed by independent work time, and culminating with a 30 min. review period.

Advance Preparation
Have a spot in the classroom set up ready for photographing the artwork if using a digital camera.

Materials/Resources Needed
Computer, web-authoring software (I use Netscape Composer), clip art (from Internet), and scanner or digital camera with tripod.

Camera: an apparatus for taking photographs.
Shutter: a device that opens and closes the lens aperture of a camera.
Focus: the distinctness or clarity of an image rendered by an optical system.
Tripod: a three legged object.
Website: A collection of html files, graphic files and any other file types that are supported by the World Wide Web that can be viewed by using a World Wide Web browser.
Web-authoring: creating a web page or web site.
Reduce: to make smaller in size.
Enlarge: to make larger in size.
Resize: to change the size of an object.

Glossaries of Internet terms: http://csrnet.org/csrnet/Glossary.htm

For photographing or scanning artwork:

  • Set up an area in the classroom for photographing. Have a camera on a tripod, and an area on the wall with a neutral background and a surface that can be taped onto with masking tape.
  • Show the students how to tape the artwork to the wall and set up the camera in front of it, so that the artwork is almost framed in the viewfinder/LCD screen.
  • Show the students how to make sure that the artwork is in focus, and to depress the shutter to take the photograph.
  • Let a few students take turns photographing their artwork in front of the r class, and if they are doing it correctly they become the  "experts"
  • Have the rest of the class photograph their artwork with the "experts" supervising.
  • When the entire class has finished photographing their artwork you can teach them how to crop the photographs and rename them, or you can do this for the class. I teach a couple of my students and let them do it. If someone else wants to work on it they (the cropping/renaming experts) have to teach them how to do it. This takes extra time to do, but not much of this time is teacher time.
* If scanning the artwork do the same procedure, but with a "scanning

Creating the website (mini museum):

  • As a class chose the backgrounds and clip art that will be used. Have one person (student or teacher) sit at the computer, search for the clip art, and save it. The rest of the class votes on what backgrounds will be used.
  • After the clip art is saved to a folder teach the students how to select a background, insert the photographs of the self-portraits, space and resize them, and insert other necessary clip art.
  • Show the students how to save a page and open a new one.
  • Have a few students practice in front of you. They become the experts that will help the others if needed.
  • Set up a station where the students can work on the web pages. A laptop can make it much easier. Have the kids work in pairs to create each page. Let the students select whom they will work with. Use some kind of schedule if necessary. Check on them once in a while.
  • After all of the pages are created show the students how to link the "BACK" and "NEXT" buttons. Each team member gets to do one or the other.
  • As a class review the website (mini museum), fix any glitches, and make any desired changes.
  • Photograph or scan artwork for website.
  • Create a group website.
Students create personal portfolio websites. These do not need to go online, but could be put on a school network (for safety).

If mini museum is online share it with your family, be a virtual museum guide.

Teacher observation first: did this student learn something new? Did their work improve compared to previous work? etc.

Rubric for Website Creation

Did the student photograph/scan his/her artwork?
yes      no
Was the photograph/scanned image centered and in focus?
yes       no
Did the student participate in the creation of the website (mini museum)?
yes       no
Did the student insert their image into a page (wall)?
yes       no
Did he/she resize it correctly?
yes       no

The teacher can assign points to the items to record a grade.

Illustrative Materials

Students taking digital photos of their self-portraits
for the online mini museum


Students renaming files, selecting background images, inserting graphics and creating links for the online mini museum

Jessica N. Rivera




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