It is part of our curriculim that each grade level do a self portrait.
- Proportions of a face
- Shapes and details of facial features
- Problem Solving
- How to handle frustration/asking for help
- Observation of colors/textures
For third graders, I choose to do a realistic self portrait. I first had them draw the best picture they could of themselves - a 'pretest' if you will. I looked at those and was impressed by what I saw. The only thing they really needed direction on was where to place their facial features!
Next time they came we observed ourselves in mirrors and looked at each other to figure out where our eyes really are on our head, along with our nose, mouth and ears.
The students took this new information and started a final composition.