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Re: self portrait backgrounds

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From: Marcy Bogdanich (marcy_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Oct 26 2004 - 17:41:06 PDT


My students colored their oil pastel self portraits in a solid and/or contrasting color of oil pastels. The solid color helped frame the face ,and when complimentary colors were used the face shimmered.
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  From: Freeland, Sue
  To: ArtsEdNet Talk
  Sent: Tuesday, October 26, 2004 9:22 AM
  Subject: RE: self portrait backgrounds

  I put a yellow frame over the top of them to mat them and left the bottom part solid. When we put them up in the hallway together it looked like a big yellow school bus. I did a quick sketch of the teacher as the bus driver with a hand on an accordian piece of paper so it waved.
  :) I wish I still taught the little ones sometimes!
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    From: K A [mailto:arizkma@yahoo.com]
    Sent: Tuesday, October 26, 2004 12:19 AM
    To: ArtsEdNet Talk
    Subject: self portrait backgrounds

    My second and third graders are finishing beautiful oil pastel self portraits. I'm not sure what to do with the smudged and fingerprinted backgrounds though. If I have them do oil pastel designs over them, I'm concerned that it will take away from the striking portraits. Is there another media I could use for the backgrounds? Or perhaps it would look cleaner to cut out the portraits and put them on another paper and do something else in the background. Who has any suggestions for finishing off a beautiful project? Thank you so much!

    ~ Kathleen

    P.S. I had my first graders cut out their colored pencil self portraits, glue them on a medium sized piece of construction paper and then glue that onto a large sheet of construction paper. They then thumbprinted a border using a black stamp pad, and signed and dated their work. Oh, and they traced around the lines of the portraits with black marker to make the features stand out. The colors of construction paper were light green, pink, yellow and orange. Quite striking pieces! Now I just need to figure out what to do with the oil pastels.

"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."

- Pablo Picasso
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