Collage self portraits made by students

Each self portrait is inspired by themes of celebrating our authentic selves, resilience, courage, belonging and friendship.

The artworks on display in the Authentic Selves exhibit are created by students in grades 4-12 as part of the Words Alive Art & Lit program that connects students to the power of reading, writing, art and each other. This year’s project was inspired by books with themes of celebrating our authentic selves, resilience, courage, belonging and friendship.

Through an art-making project designed by the Museum’s Creative Team, students reflected on the readings and created their own Collectively You Portrait. Students used collage techniques with acetate film, tissue paper, foam and markers to create self-portraits that examine which parts of themselves they keep inside, and those they choose to share with the world. Visitors also have an opportunity to make their own Collectively You Portrait while in the exhibit space!

Who Made This?

The exhibit features the artwork of students in grades 4-12 at Title I schools at Words Alive San Diego partner sites, out-of-school time partners, and through summer experiences designed to support students’ unfinished learning from the COVID pandemic. Partners for the project include: San Diego Unified School District’s Level Up spring programing at the Jackie Robinson YMCA and summer programming with Guitars in the Classroom, San Diego County Office of Education – Monarch School, San Diego Public Library, Oceanside Public Library, Boys and Girls Clubs of San Marcos, and Boys and Girls Club of Vista.

This exhibit is made possible by