Alternative Self-Portraits!

At this age, children are becoming increasingly more self-aware through a variety of early interactions. Drawing, self-portraiture in particular, is a ‘universal’ way of helping children develop some of these understandings. We often invite children to observe themselves in a mirror while drawing their initial and subsequent portraits. While this is the most authentic way for children to investigate their characteristics, it is not without its challenges. It is a lot to ask of any 3, 4, or 5 year old to stop drawing every few seconds and go back to observe in the mirror. While this particular challenge has value toward development, it leaves room to lead into or build upon other intended concepts. In this case, a classroom focused on symmetry and detail while working in another form of self-portraiture. With this, copies of the children’s identity portraits were cut in half and taped to sheets of drawing paper. The children then worked toward mirroring their half-image with much concentration…

selfportrait1.jpg selfportrait5.jpg

         selfportrait2.jpg selfportrait3.jpg selfportrait4.jpg