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Re: grade six self portraits

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Ruth Voyles (RVoyles)
Sat, 15 May 1999 11:19:54 -0400


How about doing collage self portraits. I have the kids look at work by Dali, Chirico and other surrealists...then they create their own collage self portraits beginning with a school photo of themselves. They can use construction paper for favorite colors. Pictures from stock photo books and magazines are good for adding their favorite foods, sports, hobbies etc.

I usually have the kids make a list of favorite color, favorite animal, favorite foods, favorite things to do, favorite subject in school, hobbies, something other people might be suprised to learn about them, etc. I have found that this eliminates insecurities about drawing realistic self portraits. Some students created their portrait a la Archimbolo using food (spaghetti for hair), favorite sport (Football for eyes), etc.

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Ruth Voyles
Family Center and
Early Childhood Education Supervisor
Toledo Museum of Art
P.O. Box 1013
Toledo, Ohio 43697
Phone: (419)255-8000 X236
Fax: (419)255-5638
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rvoyles
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>>> "Jameson" <jameson4> 05/12 10:15 PM >>>
I'm looking for an interesting way to create self portraits with sixth
graders who are lacking motivation and want to be done with school. Help!

Erin