Projecting Persona: The Public Image of Roy Oribison

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by Mary Erickson, Ph.D.
with Arizona art teachers Nancy Feiring and Roxie May-Thayer


Projecting Persona provides activities that teachers can use

  • to prepare young people to explore the Roy Orbison exhibition at the Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA),
  • to focus their attention during a visit and
  • to plan an artwork for a specific place after their visit.

Teacher/Parent Introduction (PDF)

Lesson One
Lesson One: Historical and Contemporary Personas

Historical Personas PowerPoint
Questor’s Questions about a Contemporary Persona (pdf)
Roy Orbison (pdf)

Lesson Two
Lesson Two: Tempe Center for the Arts Visit

Roy Orbison (pdf)
Exploring Roy Orbison’s Persona at the Tempe Center of the Arts (pdf)


Lesson Three (Elementary)
Lesson Three: The Look of a Lion

Roy Orbison (pdf)
"The Look of A Lion” PowerPoint Presentation
Copies of “Lion 1” and “Lion 2” images for students to trace or draw on directly (Print out pdfs and photocopy as needed.)
Four large signs lettered: Scary, Serious, Silly and Sad
Colored pencils or crayons
Paper for tracing (light weight paper or tracing paper)
Look of a Lion Label” for each student

Lesson Three (Secondary)
Lesson Three: Extreme Makeover

Roy Orbison (pdf)
“Extreme Makeover” PowerPoint Presentation
Copies of “Patsy Cline (pdf),” “Ritchie Valens (pdf),” “Harry Belafonte (pdf),” “Joan Baez (pdf),” “Hank Williams (pdf)” and “Aretha Franklin (pdf)” images for students to trace or drawn directly upon (Print out pdfs and photocopy as needed.)
Colored pencils
Paper for tracing (light weight paper or tracing paper)
“Extreme Makeover Label” for each student

Web resources
Computer and Digital Projector or SmartBoard
Mary Erickson Ventures
Roy Orbison

Nancy Feiring is the primary author of Modular Madness.
Roxie May-Thayer is the primary author of Space Invaders.
Photos courtesy of the city of Tempe, Architekton and Mary Erickson.

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