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My way is really common, but I use full body self-portraits, (doing
something or located somewhere with older kids). When you have an idea of
what to look for they can be so useful.
In K. the kids learn to identify their body parts and put them in the
In 1st they are beginning to get a sense of how these parts fit together
and include more details.
In 2nd the emphasis gets to be on the details of clothes, hair pieces etc.
In 3rd - 4th they are working on proportion and developing their own
"styles" and so much detail. You can evaluate their development and skill
level in those area.
In 5th I ask them to include a special place or thing and get an idea of
their sense of perspective and balance as well!
In 6th I like to have them show themselves doing something. Really get a
good sense of their figure drawing as well as all of the K-5 stuff.
All kids use colored pencils on choice of paper (manilla, white drawing,
white or light colored construction of different pre-cut sizes and shapes)
for this project.
This self-portrait is the first item in their portfolio which my kids make
themselves as their very 1st project but I don't use it to evaluate. (I
only use this as a worthwhile project to use while establishing rules,
Hope this helps
I teach K but have taught 1st and 2nd as well. I do art lessons for and
work with teachers K - 6 as a district mentor teacher.