Dress to Express: National Heritage Fellows’ Portraits Unit

Access portraits portraying artists who have mastered their art forms through years of study with elders and family members and have received the NEA National Heritage Fellows award to learn more about the relationship between dress and culture. This unit includes classroom-ready exercises, worksheets for students to study their own fashion choices, and ideas for local research that connect learners with their community.
Pencil, Portrait worksheet, Sketchbook, Camera, optional portrait accessories like special clothes or objects

The Local Learning National Heritage Fellows Curricula are supported in part with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. | All portraits courtesy Alan Govenar, director of Documentary Arts. | Activity first published in Journal of Folklore and Education (1:2014, 10-17)