Eighth-grade students created observational color studies of the close-up of their irises. Each student had their eyes photographed to be used as a reference for their artworks. In class discussion students recorded what the aperture and exposure represent in photography, and how the human iris and pupil similarly functions. Students discussed how eyes are often used as the metaphorical and representational image of one’s identity. Using a photograph or observation as a reference, students used oil pastel to replicate the coloration, pattern, and reflection found by looking into their iris.
To complete their iris studies students responded to prompt questions relating to the identities, emotional and feeling towards their outward appearance. Students wrote their reflections and responses around their iris with white pencils. Students also had the option to write down quotes relating to these topics that they connected with.