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 will then explore, through self-portraiture incorporating nature symbols, their personal sense of self and how that supports self esteem.
National Curriculum links
- Use drawing, painting and sculpture to share ideas and imagination
- Identify what we are good at, what we like and dislike
- Recognise the ways in which we are the same and different to others
- Understand what a portrait and a self-portrait are
- Understand how nature symbols have been used by Tudor artists to convey public and private messages about the sitters
- Explore identity and how this can be represented through artwork
- Art & Design
- History of Art
- For the classroom
- Tower of London
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Key facts about the Tudor King and each of his six wives.