Fun with Self-Portraits II E-book Giveaway!

I love holidays because they give me a chance to do things! I have managed to put together some of the self-portrait lessons I have taught this year and compile them into a new e-book. To purchase a copy please click any of the images below.

One lucky reader will get one copy for free. To enter, leave a comment on this post by midnight next Thursday. Be sure to have a link to Art Lessons for Kids on your blog or website to be eligible. I will announce the winner next Friday. Good luck and Happy New Year! May 2010 be a year filled with many wonderful teaching moments.

Cover page of E-book

Sample page from 'Mosaic Self-Portraits' Lesson

Back to School Art Ideas: Self- Portraits E-book

Just in time to help you get off to a great new teaching year. I have put together five lessons in a 21 page PDF e-book, that you can adapt to any grade level in the elementary school. Click on the images below to download.  I hope you enjoy it and have a wonderful year of many great teaching moments!



Progressive self-portrait lesson

Progressive self-portrait lesson

Some Back to School Art Ideas: Self Portraits

The holidays are sadly over and it’s time to think about what to do the first week back at school. It’s always exciting to start a new school year but I need some inspiration soon as my brain is still at the beach in Thailand!

Anyway, I thought I would share with you some ideas I started with my previous year. All About Me themes are always popular in the elementary grades so here are some self portrait ideas that I hope will inspire you. I would love to hear some of your ideas too.

Here we go…

Giant self portraits in grade four

Giant self portraits in grade four

This was a fun project the kids loved. These self portraits were HUGE and a bit time consuming but very worth doing.

Cardboard life sized self portraits in grade five

Cardboard life sized self portraits in grade five

I love cardboard and I remember the school was brand new at the time so there was tons of it everywhere. Being the recycle queen that I am ( and ALL art teachers are ) I decided why not make life sized self portraits with the grade five class? It was a hit!

Self portraits with construction paper in grade one

Self portraits with construction paper in grade one

Grade ones loved making their life sized portraits with butcher paper. Get the kids into pairs and have them outline each other. This is also a great way for them to get to know each other. The kids paint in the details and then add a life sized photograph of their faces and you have a winner here!

Progressive self portraits in grade two

Progressive self portraits in grade two

These self portraits were awesome and showed a real improvement in facial placement. The grade twos did three progressive self portraits and were quite surprised to see how they got better with each try.

Need more ideas for your portraits and self-portraits theme? Check Fun with Self-Portraits and Fun With Self-Portraits II e-books you can download now and save tons of planning time.

Have fun!

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Falling Back Self Portraits in Grade Five

I saw this idea in  Oodles of Art and thought I would give it a try with my grade five class. I gave out 18×24 white paper and we discussed what someone falling back  might look like from a bird’s eye.

Next, everyone thought about a place they might like to ‘fall back ‘ into. It could be a real setting or make-believe.

Once everyone had chosen their background they were ready to begin drawing. They took off their shoes and outlined them at the bottom of the page- their shoe bottom should show the detailed texture found on the bottom of their shoe.  Next they outlined their hands  with open fingers on the sides of the paper. Have the students work in pairs with the outlining part of the lesson.

Finally the kids added their head and body and all of the details. They outlined their work with a black marker and colored in with pencils and crayons or oil pastels. A watered down paint wash was added to the background.

Pretty neat huh?


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