2. Instruct them to draw an oval that almost fills the entire space. I did this in front of them as a guide.
3. Write a list of MUST HAVES: hair, eye brows, eyes, nose, mouth, ears, neck, and shirt. Then encourage them to add anything that might make their self-portrait unique to them: freckles, glasses, hair bows, head bands, earrings, and shirt design.
4. Once their pencil job is complete, demonstrate how to use watercolor paints to add color to their self-portrait. Then give them plenty of time to do this task, instructing them to fill all the white paper with color.
5. The next day, I gave each child a permanent black marker (I encourage a class set of these) and showed them how to trace over all of their pencil lines. This makes the project pop. Make sure watercolor paint is dry before doing this step.
6. Last, have your students cut out their self-portrait. Make sure to have clear tape available for when they snip off hair, ears, etc.
7. When it was time to display these for the parents, we taped a ruler to the back of the project to keep the project from falling over. On the students’ desk they had a writing assignment where they wrote about what they were thankful for and why since it was close to the Thanksgiving holiday.
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