* Please refer to attached image


  • Ask the learners to get into pairs and take ten selfies on their phones or on school tablets. When they are finished ask them to pick one form the ten to share with the group.

Doing Question:

  • Which selfie did you chose and why?

Next show them a selfie alongside Vincent Van Gough’s Self-Portrait with a Bandaged Ear.

Task Question: 

  • "One of these images is an act of self-expression, the other is pure vanity.” Discuss.

Questions to take you further

  • Is the selfie art?

  • Is art an act of vanity?

  • What is art?

  • What is vanity?

  • What is self-expression?

  • Can you take a non-vain selfie?


  • What if I told you that the selfie was selected from one hundred selfies that day?

  • What if I told you it was selected from a pool of one selfie?

  • What if I told you that Van Gough painted this portrait after cutting off his ear and sending it to an unrequited love?

  • What if I told you that the figure in the selfie took the photo to send to an unrequited love?

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