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!

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!