Students at East Mesa School recently reflected on how they
view themselves and how others see them as they created self-portraits.
Dorothy Corona, a teacher at the school, applied for a grant
from the San Diego Teachers’ Fund that paid to bring a professional artist into
the classroom for the art lessons.
“They love doing art and a lot of them are really talented
at it,” Corona said.
Before they created the paintings, the artist taught the
students about self-portraits and their long history. The students were asked
to write down 10 ways they see themselves and 10 ways they think other people
see them and to incorporate some of those into their work.
The school is part of the East Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility.
The facility is run by the County of San Diego Probation Department and the
school is operated by the San Diego County Office of Education as part of its
Juvenile Court and Community Schools program.
Teachers at the school have long worked to offer more art
lessons for the students at the facility and hope to have more in the future, Corona
“They loved it,” she said. “They want the artist to come