Object Portraits

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities
Date Posted: 9/4/2012

This “getting to know you” activity asks kids to show who they are by composing a portrait made of their objects. It also introduces or reinforces an idea central to historical research—objects hold stories about the people who own them and when they lived. This activity suite is designed to offer a variety of ways to conduct the activity.  This activity can also be paired with the National Museum of American History exhibition Pushing Boundaries: Portraits by Robert Weingarten. Weingarten's object portraits can be found on his website under The Portrait Unbound