This is the first art project we did this year. The portraits were up for Back to School night. I came across this project somewhere… I can’t find it in my Pinterest folder… but the style is Fauvism. I thought the kids would really get into creating their self portraits using non traditional colors. They had a lot of fun with their blue and green faces.
I put all the colors of paint in ice cube trays but clean up was not so easy. I like using acrylic paint rather than tempura. A better way to save pain in the future is to have each color in separate jars or bowls so the extra can be dumped back into the bottles. Teaching art is a learning process.
The first thing I had them do was draw with a pencil a big circle for their head. Getting kids to “fill the page” is never easy. This is probably the hardest thing to get them to do.
Then we drew the neck and then shoulders. It made the most sense for first graders to do a big rectangle across the bottom.
Once we had the basic shapes down, I had them paint their heads and neck any color they wanted to. We moved onto the shoulders next. And last, I had them paint the background a different color than their heads. I was hoping that this would give the color for the heads time to dry and it did.
Next, they started on the details of their faces and then added hair once the background was dry.
The last step involved adding any extras they wanted to like patterns on their shirts.
I think they turned out pretty cute and the kids loved creating them. They really brightened up the room on Back to School night too.