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There was a sneeze lesson in the current months of Arts and
Activities Magazine. I told the class of early elementary students that they
will be doing a portrait of themselves today showing an expression. I sneezed
throughout the premise and asked them what did I just do? Sneeze. We talked
about what happens to your face when you sneeze? Eyebrows go up, mouth opens,
hair goes crazy, and we get laugh lines around our mouth. I asked on person
to model just before a sneeze. Holding tissue in his/her hand, I drew them.
After I did a quick portrait line drawing in black magic marker, I traced
their hand on to the paper. I used glue to attach a tissue to their hand. I
showed them drawings from the magazine (I redrew them on a chart tablet) and
told them a third grade class did this. We talked about how cartoony their
they were and which one they liked.
They were to start with black magic marker to illustrate their
portrait of them sneezing to encourage creativity. No erasing. Then they were
to color the portrait with crayons. They did this on manilla paper 12" x 18"
and the results were great. They attached blue or pink tissues to their
tracing of their hand. One second grade teacher used the drawings for her
bulletin board outside her room.