Collage Portraits

Students used painted paper to collage a portrait of themselves.

Students used painted paper to collage a portrait of themselves.

First graders immediately set to work painting papers this year!  They painted a variety of colors to use as skin, hair, eyes, and clothes in their collages.  This created a library of different colors that we could share among all the first grade classes.

After the paper was dry, students chose their colors and set to work making a collage self-portrait.  They cut out large ovals for heads, small ovals for the whites of our eyes, circles for our pupils, and they combined several shapes to make different hair styles and shirts.  Some students used a permanent marker to draw in small details such as noses and eyebrows.  Other students cut very small pieces of paper!

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