Explore different mediums and modes of self-expression with this portrait making activity. Inspired by artist Hannah Wilke, who often made herself the subject of her work, this project includes instructions for creating a gallery of self-portraits using illustration, collage, and photography.

This Art Recess activity was created by arts educator Emily Prescott, in collaboration with students from Metro High School as part of the Pulitzer’s 2021 Lead with Art: Teen Leadership Program.

Note: The instructions below reference several works of art by Hannah Wilke that are typical of her provocative sensibilities, some of which feature nudity. Wilke used nudity throughout her career to express vulnerability and challenge the way that women are objectified in art, but also believed that the human body should not be a source of shame. For young museum-goers, this activity is best done in collaboration with a grown-up!