Here I Am | A Self-Portrait Workshop

The tool of every self-portrait is the mirror. You see yourself in it. Turn it the other way, and you see the world.

Agnes Varda, French film director

In this hands-on workshop, children paint their own self portrait. In doing so, they're asked to reflect on questions like: How do I want to be seen in the world? How is my face a reflection of who I am? How do I feel?

Here I Am celebrates the wonderful diversity in our society and at the same time, explores each individual in their own right. We all may have different eyes, hair and skin, but we play the same, smile the same and laugh the same.

Every self-portrait created will be digitised and added to an ever-growing, large-scale window installation. As light shines through the QPAC windows, the colours and faces of the self-portraits wash over everyone who passes by. Here I Am invites us to consider that the way our children perceive themselves may be very different to how we see them from the outside.

Out of the Box festival offers opportunities for children to engage in arts-rich experiences to explore and extend in-class literacy and learning. Teachers can deepen their student’s engagement with and experience of the festival by talking to them about the different in-theatre experiences, workshops and activities before, during and after their day.

To help with this, the Out of the Box festival team has prepared numerous Creative Learning Guides which link the in-theatre experiences, activities and workshops at the festival with the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum (Version 8). Key messages, learning activities and other resources are also included.

The Creative Learning Guide for Here I Am | A Self-Portrait Workshop can be downloaded here

An Out of the Box Production