Identity Journal

These are strange and difficult times we are living. I think I speak for everybody that is keeping on doing their work when I say that it needs extra effort to complete the regular tasks, usually done with ease.

In such times it is good to have resources to connect to the moment and be present, to be more mindful of ourselves and others and for keeping calm. Lucky for you, and me, art is a great tool in these situations, but only if you find a way to really express yourself through it.

The art project we are working on is called “The Expressive Face of Our Time”. We are now exploring the first steps of the project by working with the ‘Real Self/Ideal Self’ activities, where you are being guided through a creative process towards the artistic intention of showing something about your personality in your artwork.

I believe this is a good opportunity to start thinking about your relationship with the present moment, that is now ‘our time’ and what you would like to tell, express or communicate about it.

I invite you to start a journal where you can record your daily experience trying to live and express through art your emotions and ideas. You can record them in writing, drawing, painting, doodles, or any medium you choose. The aim is for you to register your thoughts, things you see that you want to capture, words that come to mind, colours, patterns, anything from your own perspective. For this, it is key that you contemplate your present routine and identify the moments that make you feel grounded, connected to your inner self. Think about what activities you enjoy and help you put your mind at ease.

This journal will be part of an interdisciplinary activity and transversal project between Art, Lengua and Tutoría. I believe Lenny told you to find a notebook just before quarantine started.

Everything you register in your notebook would be material to be used as a basis to create the final artwork of the whole project “The Expressive Face of Our Time”. I will give you material to guide you in this process shortly, but for now, you may just start the journal in your own personal way. Any kind of notebook you can find is okay (you can even make one yourself).

I hope you creatively engage with this task!

Assessment Rubric – Real Self / Ideal Self Project

This is the Assessment Rubric for the Evaluation of the project Real Self / Ideal Self:

In each COLUMN you will find a Category or Item, they reflect different areas and contents of the project.

In each ROW you will find a Level of achievement. From ‘Masterpiece’ at the top, which is the best score, to ‘Doodle’ at the bottom, which is the worst score.

You will see that each Level has got an achievement description for each category, so you can read what each of them mean and know where to place your work.

Here you can see the File in pdf: Assessment Rubric Real-Ideal Self


Creative Process Description

Due date: Wednesday June 26th 23.59hs

Write a paragraph describing your whole creative process. Include the artwork that you used as a starting point, with a picture and a caption that shows name of the artist, title, year and technique. Explain why you chose it, what captivated you from that piece of art and what aspect you used as a reference or inspiration for your work. Include also pictures of your sketches and technique experiments. Explain your choices, what worked and what didn’t, and why. Conclude with an assessment about your finished work. Could you do what you were trying to do? What failed? What succeeded? Why?

Use you own words.

Include a clear and bright picture of your finished artwork.


  • Stencil Art is a form of Graffiti done using plates with cut-out shapes. It functions as a kind of open-air screen print.
  • It emerged in the 1970s in France (also known as pochoirs). It had its first hayday in the 1980s in Paris.
  • Stencil Art demands a certain amount of preparation since the plates must be created in advance. They are usually made of cardboard, plastic or laminated paper.
  • Stencils are ideal for creating multiple reproductions of a single motif. Combining stencils with colour allows for an infinite number of possibilities.
  • In the streets stencils are also used to spread political views, but they can also fulfill a purpose similar to the way TAGS function – as a signature to an artist’s work.

Some artists and their work:

Getting to know Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois (1911 – 2010)


“My childhood has never lost its magic, it has never lost its mystery, and it has never lost its drama.”

“All my work of the last 50 years, all my subjects, have found their inspiration in my childhood.”

“When I was growing up all the women in my house were using needles. I’ve always had a fascination with the needle, the magic power of the needle. It is used to repair the damage. It’s a claim to forgiveness, it is never aggressive, it is not a pain.”

“The artist is lucky to be able to overcome his demons without hurting anybody.”

“The metaphors in nature are very strong… nature is a mode of communication.”

“I see the spider as the savior.”

“The repeating of one image and another image… means that what you can not say in words, you try to put in visual terms.”

“You have to repeat and repeat; otherwise people don’t understand what you are talking about.”

Articles about the artist and her body of work:

Unravel the creative process of sculptor Louise Bourgeois at MoMA New York – The architectural Digest.


Louise Bourgeois – The Complete Prints and Books – MoMA


Biography – TATE Gallery

Contemporary Artists

List of suggested contemporary artists from around the world, working in different media.


Malika Favre

Laurent Durieux


Danielle Clough

Izziyana Suhaimi

Debbie Smith

Public Art

Sculpture: Adrián Villar Rojas – Arne Quinze – Bordalo ii – Jaye Moon

Muralism:  Tristan Eaton – Pichiavo – Faith 47 – Hyuro – Os gemeos – Gordopelota – Elian Chali – Bosoletti – Roa – Eduardo Kobra – Shephard Fairey (Obey Giant)

Graffiti Writing: Odeith – 1up – Revok – Utah & Ether – Taps and Moses – EGS – Blade

Street Art (Stencil, graffiti, paste up and other media): Banksy – Blek le rat – C215 – Jef Aerosol – Blu – JR – El Bocho

Other: VJ Suave – Vihls


Laurence Vallieres

Damien Hirst


Ai Wei Wei

Cornelia Parker

Yayoi Kusama


Marina Abramovic

Francis Alÿs

Land Art

Ana Mendieta

Nils Udo

Andy Goldsworthy