Self Portraits

2nd grader self portraits

2nd grader self portraits

All Coffin and Gerry students drew a self portrait this March!  We used pencil, Sharpie, crayon, and watercolor.  Students used scrap paper to help mix the perfect colors for their skin, hair, and eyes.  We discussed the placement and size of our facial features.  Our surprising fact for drawing portraits: our eyes are only halfway up our head!  These portraits are for the Coffin-Gerry PTO’s Original Works fundraiser.  If you are interested in ordering any products that feature your child’s self portrait, please return the artwork, order form, and payment to your classroom teacher by Friday, April 1st.  If you’re not interested in ordering, simply keep and enjoy the portrait!

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Self Portraits

Self Portraits by Paloma and Myers

Self Portraits by Paloma and Myers

After winter vacation, all students will begin their Original Works project.  Original Works is an art-based fundraiser, and the Coffin-Gerry PTO organizes our participation.  It gives families the opportunity to have their children’s artwork printed on keepsakes, such as mugs, shirts, and keychains.  They look fantastic and the fundraising helps our wonderful PTO help us!

Every year we choose a different theme.  This year each student will make a self portrait. To warm up Coffin’s students, we are doing practice portraits!  We discussed proportion and positioning of our features.  Students used mirrors to make note of the details that make them unique: hair style, freckles and birth marks, glasses, accessories, and clothing.

 

Isabella's Self Portrait

Isabella’s Self Portrait

Updated on the last week of February: Gerry students are starting right away on their final portraits.  They used rulers to create a border around their image; this will ensure nothing important gets cropped out during production!  We’ve started with pencil and Sharpie.  Next week students will use crayon and watercolor to add color to their portraits.  Coffin students are using all watercolor on their practice portraits.  We are working on mixing colors for our skin and hair.  Students have to mix, test, and make small adjustments to the paint.