Creating Identity Using Nature Symbolism
About this learning resource
Portrait artists of the Tudor era used nature symbolism as a form of coded language between sitter and viewer to promote a specific public image. This lesson pack examines the difference between public image and private identity. Students decode public image in Tudor-era portraits. They explore, through self-portraiture incorporating nature symbols, their personal sense of self and how that supports self esteem. They also explore how and why people may present a public image that is very different from their private identity.
National Curriculum links
- About the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day
- To analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work
- The impact that media and social media can have on how people think about themselves and express themselves, including regarding body image, physical and mental health
- Explore the difference between Image (public) and Identity (private)
- Describe how Nature symbols have been used by Tudor artists to convey public and private messages about the sitters
- Make comparisons between symbolism in Tudor portraits and today’s celebrity images on the internet and social media
- KS3 (age 11-14)
- Art & Design
- History of Art
- For the classroom
- Tower of London
Children depict the imprisonment of Guy Fawkes in the Tower of London for his role in the Gunpowder Plot, 1605.
Key facts about the Tudor King and each of his six wives.