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When I taught k-8 art, I would often focus on one culture or time
period in all the grade levels...I enjoyed being involved so deeply in one
subject and it made a neat display...art following one theme all over the
school...each level making a project that reflected their abilities and
Anyway, in one of the grades we made self-portrait pharoah heads using
tagboard, markers and aluminum foil. We drew and cut out ovals the size of
student head, decorated the tagboard (12X18) to look like the headdress and
part of the breastplate of a pharoah based on what we had observed, but
personalizing the costume to reflect student interests, style, and
personality. (the animal motifs depicted their strengths, etc.) Behind the
figure we added background. Where did out pharoah live? Then we placed
aluminum foil over each student's face, pressed it around their features,
and taped the form inside their ovals.
It was pretty cool. Some looked so much like the student. They were
delicate so we hung them right away and high enough so no one had the urge
the punch the face. It was grade school after all. Next to each was a
written explanation of their choices (animal symbols, colors, background,
clothing, etc.) to demonstrate how each reflected them as individuals.
I think another class made a three dimensional pyramids and filled them
with the items they would want for their "next life." Interesting
discussions came out of comparing what they had chosen and they wrote and
included their lists and explanations of their choices with the final display.
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