Teachers Lesson Plans

A cultural portrait: Grade 9-12


After exploring a selection of works from the NGC collection that focus on certain aspects of the social history of the African diaspora, students will make a self-portrait that explores their heritage and emphasizes their own unique cultural identity.


Students will manipulate and organize elements of design such as form, shape, texture, and space to create mood, character and personality.


Students will use with confidence, experiences from their personal, social, cultural environments as a basis for visual expression.


Students will demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between art and cultural identity.

Cross Curriculum Links:

This lesson plan also explores the subject areas of Canadian and World Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities, Social Studies, English Language


4 40-minute periods