I am behind a few days and don't know who originally asked for self
portrait ideas. Here are a few...
mosaics - cut 1/2" squares of multi-cultural constr. paper, they draw
themselves and use mosaic pieces to fill in, incl backgrounds. I did
this with 3rd+ and had success.
clowns - design yourself as a clown, using colored pastels or oil
pastels on black. use paper cut-outs to add emphasis for cheeks, etc.
successful with K-1
van gogh - paint self with fingerpaint, using fingers and thick paint to
leave swirls and impasto-style strokes on paper. good for 1-2s
printmaking - using scrap cardboard or matboard, cut 5x7" pieces. cut
facial features, lines of emphasis (smile lines, etc), hair out of
fun-foam. glue onto matboard, seal with old housepaint (cheaper than
art paint). Roll through printing press or print by hand. These were
really cool by 5th graders.
medieval - draw yourself as a character from medieval times: court
jester, princess, knight, king, etc. we talked about the movie
Everafter (many had seen it) to get inspired. Also the book by Aliki, "
A Medieval Feast" Students painted with tempera or acrylic, including a
border patterned after those used in tapestries and illuminated
shrinky dinks - draw yourself with colored pencils and then shrink to
make a keychain. Great around gift-giving time. be sure to punch a hole
BEFORE shrinking :-)
those are a few I've done. good luck! teri
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