A Self Portrait

Each year in my classes, we create our self portraits. I try to find different ways to present them and to make it interesting for the children to do. I create one of myself as an example for my students to see. In doing the example, I also see whether the idea would work.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
A self portrait. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

This year I cut the boxes from the IKEA furniture into rectangles. I asked the children to paint their rectangle using tempura paint. The rectangles then became the background for their portrait. Choosing their favourite colour, they drew themselves on a piece of white paper which I then glued onto the piece of cardboard they had painted. Once I had glued on the photo I had taken and printed of them, I asked them to write their name on the final product in black marker.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
A group of self portraits. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

These portraits are currently hanging on the wall outside of the classroom. When I take them down, they will be glued onto the binder containing their portfolio. These portraits are a representation of how the children are drawing and writing at the beginning of senior kindergarten year – and hopefully they will become a childhood memento.

Thursday SpecialDo you create self portraits?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

(This post was inspired by Paula’s Thursday Special)

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34 thoughts on “A Self Portrait

  1. Wonderful, Colline!!!! You know how to make kids creatively busy while making them learn at the same time 🙂 I am loving the results, and they will have their own portfolios afterward! I remember that as a child I simply loved tempura paint, though once it went wrong in the middle of our paint class and another kid complained about the foul smell 😀

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    1. The paint does tend to smell when it is too old. It does not reach that point in my classroom as I give the children plenty of opportunity to paint.
      Glad you like the portraits. I am sure the parents will too 🙂

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  2. I like the idea and am sure the kids do too. I taught 7-8 year olds and have had them do a classmate’s portrait as well. Usually just the face on a big piece of manilla. With a little help from the art teacher, they produced some very real likenesses. And of course they also wrote a very nice description of the person. 🙂

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