I love starting the year with self portrait lessons. It’s a great way to get to know your students, new and old.
Sometime ago while searching for ideas on Google, I came across an image where there were many self portraits made in every color of the rainbow and displayed in a hallway. I loved the idea and decided that this would be a great school wide lesson. I’ve named it the Mini Me Rainbow Mural!
I cut out 5×5 squares for each student and assigned a specific color for each grade level. I challenged the students with the following: Draw a mini border on your mini paper and then draw your mini me! The super challenge is to color in your mini me using one color! What a great way to throw in a bit of color theory.
Does this sound like a fun project ? Absolutely!
Do a quick refresher on how to draw a head, ears, neck and shoulder and it doesn’t hurt to talk about the shape of the eyes, nose and lips so their mini me’s look like themselves. I didn’t spend too much time on this as I will review this in depth later on. Give out mirrors and let the fun begin. Ask your kids how can they produce different ‘shades’ using one colored pencil. Once they all agree that depending how hard or soft you color in, prove the theory on a scrap piece of paper. You will hear oo’s and aah’s when they see all the shades that can be made!
Send them off and let them explore and enjoy the mini ME moment. With the grade six’s, I gave out the base color (yellow), white and black paint and they had to make their own shades and tints.
I will post a picture of the finished mural. In the meantime, find more self-portrait lesson ideas here.
Don’t these minis look great?
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