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Kindergarten Self-Portraits

Kindergarten Self-Portraits

Kindergarteners have been learning about texture, color mixing, collage, and drawing from observation.  This project took us 5 45 minute periods. 
Day one we read the book 'All the Colors of Us' by Sheila Hamanaka, about all the beautiful, different colKindergarteners have been learning about texture, color mixing, collage, and drawing from observation.  Here's our process: 
Day one we read the book 'All the Colors of Us' by Sheila Hamanaka, about all the beautiful, different colors of us. We talked about how everyone is the same but different and we learned how to mix a color for us using brown, white, yellow, and pink.  We painted an entire page our skin color.
Day two we talked about texture and how to give paint texture. We mixed two colors to make a new color for our background. We used texture combs to draw lines in our wet paint and give our backgrounds texture.
Day three we practiced looking VERY CLOSELY at our faces with a mirror. We cut out an oval and drew our features with an oil pastel, paying close attention to our eyes.  We learned that there are three parts to our eyes, the white part, the iris, and a black pupil.
Day four we cut out a neck and ears from the rest of our skin color paper and assembled our portrait on our background. We cut out a shirt from construction paper.  At this point we looked very funny because we were all BALD! 
Day five we used markers to add in some details to our shirts and then we broke out the paints again. We used brown, yellow, black, white, and red to mix a color for our hair. We talked about how everyone's hair color is unique, just like our skin.  We also practiced different types of lines for different types of hair, curly, straight, spiky, etc. 

Whew, there you have it! I love how expressive each and every one of these are.

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