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Student Activity: Metaphor Portrait


This activity uses artworks and your close looking skills to practice making metaphors and similes. 

Are your students doing this activity at school or at home?

While this activity was designed for use in the museum, you can follow these suggestions to make students’ experience fun and successful in any learning context.

  • Search for high-quality images of artworks in the museum’s collection. Use these suggested artworks or find some on your own. Images can be printed or viewed online. 

Nelson Stevens. Towards Identity, 1970.

India. A Monumental Portrait of a Monkey, c.1705-1710.

Gertrude Abercrombie. Self-Portrait of My Sister, 1941.

  • If students don’t have internet access, they can look for other objects around them that could help them complete the activity.
  • Have students work together with classmates, family members, or friends to complete the activity and share their creations.  

Grade Level: 5-12

Common Core State Standards: SL.1, SL.2, SL.4, SL.6, L.1, L.3, L.6


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