Activity 4: compositional decisions


Resolving the work involves drawing together earlier experiments, explorations and learning experiences and provides the opportunity to apply this knowledge. Each student makes decisions about the design and composition for the self-portrait that will reflect their personal environment.


  • Paintings and drawings discussed in previous activities
  • Completed elements of student self-portraits
  • The following image:
Two Polynesian faces in the foreground and middle ground, and a coastal landscape in the background

Te Puhi o te tai Haruru, 1984–85
Reproduced courtesy of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Artist: Tony Fomison

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