I wanted to do a self-portrait project with my K, 1st and 2nd graders so that they can show their growth artistically and each year add another work of art to their collection. Children’s self-portraits are so special because they represent a very pure reflection of who that child is. Kindergarteners explored printmaking to create royal self-portraits of kings and queens.
We began by looking at and talking about self-portraits by famous artists like Pablo Picasso, Jacob Lawrence, and Paul Cezanne. Students noticed the emotions, shapes, and details in the artwork and were inspired to create their own.
They began by drawing a shape for a head and then used the stamping method to print facial features.
Next, students used tempera paint cakes to paint their designs. We talked about how to mix up colors to create new colors and making your hair look like your hair, your eyes look like your eyes, and making you look like you!
Students were also able to add sequins as “jewels” on their crowns. I think this project turned out really great, they are adorable and kind of scary at the same time.
I clearly love weird art. Especially children’s art. For the record, these are very accurate depictions of the kids — really spot on.