In the Classroom: Looks Can Be Deceiving


Anne Phillips helped 60 11th grade students at Mitchell High School craft the covers for their personal memoir projects.  Anne gave a brief lesson on the Italian artist Giuseppe Acrimboldo, best known for his unique portraits.  Acrimboldo painted individual objects that overlapped to form the various features of a human face.  From a distance, his portraits look almost ordinary, but up-close the observer notices the real composition.  Anne took a black and white digital photo of each student’s silhouette.  Student then cut the shape and outlined their silhouette on their cover.  Students were asked to “fill their head” with various meaningful objects, symbols, etc. for their own unique Acrimboldo self-portrait.



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Penland School of Crafts
NC Arts Council
Community Foundation of Western NC

Teaching Artists

Anne Phillips
Pat Benard

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