Activity: This is Me

  • Grades: All Ages
  • Subjects: Art Activities

Jonathan Borofsky painted his selfie, which is also called a self-portrait. A selfie is one way to share who you are and what you like. A message may include words or symbols. In this art activity, you’ll write a message describing who you are and the things you like.

 An artwork depicts a face with a book and spring on its forehead, many eyes and a large bright red oval on the mouth. The face sits over a field of swirling color and eyes and dark black lines make a pattern over the face. To the right of the artwork is a column of largely blank space and some of the dark lines spill into the empty space.
Jonathan Borofsky, Self-Portrait at 2,707,902, 1981-1983, Carnegie Museum of Art


Jonathan Borofsky, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, is known as a printmaker and sculptor. Borofsky documents his dreams and incorporates the words and images in his artwork. The Self-Portrait at 2,707,902 includes symbols which guide the viewer (you and me) to discover meaning in the artwork. What do you discover about Borofsky from his self-portrait? What will you share in the message about you?


  • List all the things you see in Borofsky’s painting. Can you see connections among them?
  • What do they suggest to you is on the artist’s mind?
  • Can you write a message that might come from the artist?
  • What are three things that you like or are on your mind right now personality.


Materials Needed: Paper and something to write with (pen, pencil, etc.)

  1. On a blank sheet of paper write your name (you are the artist)!
  2. Write a message about the things you like. Your message may include words, sentences, or pictures.
  3. How do these elements come together to say something about you?