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Re: [teacherartexchange] One more portrait idea


Date: Wed Apr 27 2005 - 05:12:49 PDT

In a message dated 04/19/2005 11:47:08 AM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

Thank you, Judy, for this compilation of self-portrait ideas! Later in May
my artroom will be the "classroom of the week" and I'll have pictures on the
web of the self-portrait sculptures that my 5th graders created this year.
However, one of my favorite lessons I borrowed from my art teacher friend,
Jessica, and embellished. I call it "Progressive Portraits". I've shared this
before, but in case someone missed it, here it is again:
At the end of each school year every student gets a mirror and supplies to
draw/paint a self-portrait on 9x12 paper, that they sign and date. Sometimes
they will draw their interests in the background. I keep a manila file for all
the kids, by grade level, with their name on the file. For 460 kids, it only
takes up one file drawer. Anyway, at the end of elementary school, each
student has 6 self-portraits which we mount together, accordian-style, and
display at graduation. The kids don't get to see all of them until the end of 5th
grade. They reflect on their growth, what the portraits make them remember,
and they write a reflection that is included with the portraits. If the
reflection is too personal to share, I let the students put it in a sealed
envelope, attach it the the portraits, with a message "Open when I'm 18". We talk
about how growing up changes our perspective-very theraputic! The display
and the process has become the highlight of 5th grade graduation, and it
certainly puts the spotlight on ART!
Susan on Long Island

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