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2nd Grade Self Portraits


2nd Graders learned about portraiture and created their very own self portraits. We began by drawing faces, being sure to include details like eyes, a nose, a mouth, ears, and hair. Students chose a color scheme and used tempera cakes to create vibrant, bold, paintings.

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This project was a great review of color scheme which 2nd graders have learned a lot about this year. It is also a great precursor to our next (and last!) project this year which will be based on Faith Ringgold’s Tar Beach. 

Here is a sneak peak of whats going on in the art room:


K will be making Bugs on a Rug by weaving and stamping
1st will be creating a woven alligator
2nd is making an imaginative “quilt”
3rd learned about street art and will be constructing a Space Invader Mosaic
4th are creating a radial design by weaving on a CD
5th will be weaving on a cup

Please keep your fingers crossed that we will be able to complete everything — there are only 4 weeks of school left and with Field Day and a million other things happening, time is flying by!


Author: artwithmsk

Hello! My name is Ms. Katzin and I am an art teacher at an elementary school near Atlanta, Georgia. Teaching art is my passion and I love what I do!

3 thoughts on “2nd Grade Self Portraits

  1. Some of those portraits made me LOL. “Party” on a shirt is just my style – tell that kid he has some serious swag! Good luck! I’m sure you’ll accomplish all of your curriculum by the end of the year. FIELD DAY please post about that PLEASE so I can reminisce on just how awesome it really was.

    • Haha thanks! Hopefully I can be in charge of something with water balloons because that Atl sun will be shining bright. I will be sure to post some Field Day pics! 🙂

  2. Pingback: Faith Ringgold Narrative Story Quilts | Art With Ms. K

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