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New 2nd grade self portraits online


Date: Sat May 29 2004 - 08:57:38 PDT

I just put my second grader's "Me Holding A Favorite Thing"
self-portraits from observation on our website. I was thrilled by how
hard my kids worked on these. This is going to be a fabulous group of
artsy kids all the way through. It's funny how distracted they CAN be,
loud, etc. They have been challenging in that respect, but their
artwork this year has been noticeably more detailed and developed than
the previous year's 2nd graders. . Funny, but I have noticed a
correlation before between hyperactivity/creativity/smart kids.
Sometimes the more hyper a class is, the better their work. Why is

Anyway, for the self-portraits, kids worked with mirrors. We started
with the eyes and discussed details to the nth degree. We measured the
whole face proportionally from the eyes. We went through the face
together feature by feature. Kids who finished a feature early flipped
their page over and practiced more on the back while waiting for others
to catch up. Proportion was discussed for each feature, as well as head
size, shoulder width, arm and hand length. A few kids aren't "there"
yet, but I was really pleased that most of them really seemed to enjoy
learning about proportion. I used to do this project at the start of
the year. This year it was our last major project. I didn't get to
display them all, so next year I think I will make it our next to the
last project. Lots of folks at school missed seeing these on display.
If you are interested in seeing them, follow the directions below and
look for 2-1, 2-2, and 2-3 Self-portraits. I'm enjoying summer now!!!!!
Happy perpetual weekend, y'all.

Linda Woods

Visit our student's web art gallery at St.John's School
 click on "Stories of SJS," click on "Arts Stories," click on Linda
Woods' name. View artwork by Lower, and Middle School students as well
as our art archives.