I love these first grade self portraits. They embodied everything kids’ art should be…colorful, and whimsical.
We started off using plain white construction/drawing paper and pencil. I started the instruction by demonstrating the basic shape of the head starts with a large letter “U” in the middle of the paper. I then showed them how to add the hair. This was especially fun, because many of the girls had different types of braids, beads, berets and twists. I spent a decent amount of time drawing on the white board showing the kids proper hair placement. I then showed them basic ways to draw different variations of facial features.
After their sketch was complete, I stressed for each student to add creative elements to their portraits. I allowed them to add patterns to the background, design interesting clothing, and add visual narratives that show the viewer a little bit about themselves.
I did this project with every class in the first grade, and every class used slightly different mediums (oil pastel, sharpie, watercolor, tempera paint, and crayon).