found-material self-portrait project article - I would also look at artist's who have made portraits in alternative media and discuss how media can define contextual readings - look at Janene Antoni's 'Lick and Lather'
Magic Mystery Prompts: Students will create a work art using a series of prompts that create intentional and accidental mark-making. Students will utilize their knowledge of the principles of design to create bold works that address the concept of abstract as well as non-objective art.
The Blooming Palette of High School Art: Inside Out (High School Art Unit Plan)
The Blooming Palette of High School Art - great lesson - students go on a walk and pick 3-5 man made and or natural objects. Do a sketch of these objects and then use view finder to zoom in and crop composition...