My 7th graders created “Self Portrait Assemblage Boxes” after looking into the work of Joseph Cornell. At this age, kids are very self aware and quickly evolving into teenagers. This unit is all about self expression. Kids collect objects to represent themselves, then fill their box by using a hot glue gun. The box can be painted or collaged. They are meant to design with a consciousness of background, midground, and foreground, and bonus points for an interactive element, such as a door that opens of a string that pulls, because Cornell often did the same- incorporated an element of play.
Here are a few finished works: