Our Senses

Self Portrait

  • Time Length
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    1-2 hours

  • Mess Level
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    A Little Messy

  • Cost

    Materials or Fees

  • Difficulty
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Question and Wonder:

  • How do shapes, tones, textures and relationships make my face unique and different from others?
  • What parts of my face are similar to facial features of my family members?
  • How am I different?
  • Which of my features do I love the most?

Collect and sort through items collected from around the house or outside. Have a variety of colors, textures, and shapes to work with. Use a large piece of construction paper, poster board or the side of a cardboard box to build on.

Imagine and Design:

  • Run your hands through your hair. Now touch the different items. Which would work best for your hair? Leaves? Grass? String? Shredded newspaper?
  • When you feel your cheek, how does it feel? What is its shape?
  • What about your chin? Eyes? Mouth? Forehead? Nose?

Select the items you think best represent the elements of your face, lay them out on construction paper. Play with the arrangement until you have a picture that represents your face, the unique features that are you. If you need to find more textures or colors, go for it. Next, glue your items down.

Test and Discuss:

  • Show a family member and tell them about your self-portrait.
  • Explain why you chose the items you did.
  • Ask for their thoughts and discuss.
  • Make some more portraits of family, friends and people in your neighborhood. Share them!
  • What similarities and differences do you observe?

Did you know:

Many famous artists have self portraits in their collected works. Explore some of them using the link below.


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