Family Portraits

October 9, 2018

Recently, Sociology of the Family students created family portrait collages that depicted nine functions of the family. The nine functions include: love and affection, economic support, recreation, protection, socialization, values, guidance, procreation, and education.  Within the scene, pictures helped symbolize the functions and challenges of their family as well as their family’s personality.  In addition, the frame constructed, was a symbolic representation of how they viewed the cohesiveness of their family. Some representations included cotton balls (comforting, compassionate), cord (strong, reliable), brick (solid support),  aluminum foil (to represent metal as strong and sturdy), melted crayon (kind of messy),  and wood (solid, down-to earth).  The uniqueness of each family unit was apparent from the final products produced and each student then did an oral presentation to explain their portrait.