Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Class Self Portraits

We finished our self-portraits today.  Every other year, I have used water color to do self-portraits. This year, we used colored much better:-) 
First we watched a youtube video....because my kids listen better when someone else says it:-)
We drew with pencil and then traced with sharpie (on top of an art folder of course) Art folders are brilliant....simply a file folder.  Anytime we do art we put it under our work....keeps glue, marker, oil pastel off of the table tops.  And sometimes, if we aren't to the messy part of art, it helps keep all our materials together.
Ready to color with colored pencil.
Next we chose ONE color and color the background.  Use the same color, but press harder and add a line/shape pattern to the background.
During the summer, I read an amazing blog post about making frames.  So I pulled that up again and had my chickadees cut the inside of the frame out and edge the border.  (I traced the lines for where they would cut the middle out.)  You must check out and follow Create Share Teach. Her classes portraits look great also.  Then yesterday Cara posted about her self-portraits and I loved the little addition of white to the frame, so my chickadees could choose to put some white around their frame.
 Finally, we glued the frame to our portrait.  So fun!
All done.  Tomorrow, we are going to add adjectives that describe us to each of the sides.
Love the missing tooth!
Now off to Junior High group!
Happy Wednesday,


  1. The white on the frames is genius. :)

  2. I love how these turned out. Thank you for sharing the steps :)
    Stories by Storie

  3. Super cute! I love the video, I even learned something :) One year I had my 3rd grade class make self portraits and they were just the best! Thanks for sharing these, they made me smile :)
    The Picture Book Teacher's Edition

  4. These are wonderful! I love seeing kids work...It's the best. Did I tell you I'm teaching our 7th and 8th grade literature class? It is a riot. I love YA fiction and I love 7th and 8th graders, so it is a great way for me to spend my afternoons. Our first book was Witch of Blackbird Pond. Next up...Out of the Dust.
    Owl Things First!

  5. These are fabulous.
    Do you have a link to the video that you watch ed on you tube ???