The Self Portrait 

So, as many of you know, I have started taking art classes at my local community college. I have only taken two classes so far: Beginning Drawing and Basic Design. 

But I have already had to create four self portraits. Yes, you read that right. FOUR self portraits in TWO art classes. 

Is this typical? 

Should I be prepared for more of the same?

In the class I start on Monday, will the professor require me to paint a couple of self portraits? 

I suppose Frida Kahlo made a career of self portraits, but that wasn’t what I was expecting to encounter when I signed up for these classes. 

I’ve always thought art was about self expression and communication, but I didn’t expect it to translate so literally, or so often, with the repetitive assignment. 

At least I was working with different artistic mediums. 


Have you ever created a self portrait? I’d love to see it. And hear about your experience. 

Check out my Instagram account if you want to see more of my work. @andreafingerson 


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