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"Progressive Portraits" idea

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ARTNSOUL12_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Tue Aug 10 2004 - 04:10:14 PDT


In a message dated 08/09/2004 10:37:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
holl5@innova.net writes:
Another thing I'm doing on the first day
is an idea I got from someone on this list. I have them fold a paper in 4
parts and draw (with pencil) a tree, a building, a person and an animal. I
have a folder for each child and a plastic file box for each grade level.
We have been doing this for 4 years on the first day. The kids really get
a kick out of filing their own paper and looking at how their ability has
progressed. When they graduate from fifth grade this folder is presented
to their parents.
Hi Jeryl and All,
Well, Jeryl and I know that we both think alike(lucky, lucky me to have my
friend, Jeryl). Anyway, I suggested to the group my "progressive self-portrait
idea" and here it is again:

At the end of each year K-5 (I do it at the end because by then I need a day
to do a lesson that doesn't require much from me I'm so exhausted and gives me
a chance to clean-up from the year while the kids are working.), I give my
students a 9x12 white paper, pencils, sharpies to go over lines, paint or
crayons, and a mirror. They look at themselves and draw a self portrait. They put
their first and last name and the year on the back. I collect and keep in a
file for each child. Every grade level has the child's name on the folder in a
different color, and I keep it in alphebetical order per grade level.
Believe it or not, 6 grade levels takes up less than one draw in my file cabinet.

At the end of 5th grade I give them back their folders. They are soooo
excited to see their progress from kindergarten. I devote one class to asking them
to reflect on how seeing the drawings make them feel. I ask them to write
about anything that the drawing reminds them of, a special time in school, or
just how they feel about growing up. The kids mount their work on a looong sheet
of black construction paper that they glue together and it's folded accordian
style. They attach their writing. At graduation I display the "Progressive
Portraits"! What a hit this makes- for years the parents all talk about getting
their kids' progressive portraits at 5th grade graduation. What PR for
ART!!!!! Yes!!! One of my goals..LOL....What a nice memory to
keep...ahhhhh....there's nothing like ART!
Susan on Long Island

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