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An Idea for End-of-Year Project


Date: Mon Apr 29 2002 - 04:16:44 PDT

In response to a quest for end of the year projects, here's what I do with
every class- Grades K-5:

I give each child a 9x12 piece of paper on which to create a self portrait.
Sometimes, in the older grades, they can add their interests in the
background. The medium they use varies from year to year and class to class,
but the size must not. It's easy- each gets a mirror and drawing/coloring
supplies! When they are finished, I file them away under class/year of
graduation. Be sure the kids put their name and the date on their work.

At the end of the 6 years I display all 6 drawings together at graduation.
Very exciting (and sometimes so funny) to see the changes and the artistic
growth of the students. This has become such big hit that the focus on their
art has become a huge part of the excitement of the graduation ceremony
itself. O.K., I'll admit it, I'm willing to do almost anything to promote
art education and make it a focus...LOL!

Every child in my school leaves his/her 5th grade graduation ceremony with
this series of 6 self-portraits. I refer to it as an Art Autobiography
because it becomes a record of growth and development with sentimental value.
I attach each 9x12 self portrait together with 2 pieces of masking tape on
the back and hang them vertically. They are easily folded up accordian-style
this way. This is something that every child has kept through the years.
High school seniors come back and "remind" me about their Elementary School
Art Autobigraphy, as they still have it. Good- never want them to forget
about their art education and how they "developed" into artists.
Susan on Long Island