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About the Artist

Level: Primary
Grades: K-2 | Age: 5-8 | Written by: Maryanne Messier
[Maryanne is a teacher from Janesville Wisconsin.]

Students will investigate how they see themselves as they create a self portrait for their art book.


This Art Book was created to help art educators by giving them another form of assessment. So many times we as art educators find it difficult to assess a child's progress when projects are sent home. By using portfolio assessment it is easier to judge a child's progress because you can see it from beginning to end.

What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. Talk about what we look like. What are things that we find on our faces. Talk about hair color, eye color, etc.

  2. Maybe even bring out prints from famous artists and talk about the self-portrait that they created. Remind students how they included eyes, nose, hair, eye brows, etc.

  3. Have students then look in a mirror to remind them of what they really look like.

  4. Allow students, with their crayons, to draw a picture of themselves. They only have to draw their faces, but they can draw their whole body if they so chose.

  5. When they have completed that, they need to glue their portraits to one side of the large colored construction paper, on the other side have them glue their handout.

  6. As they watch you sample the handout on the board, have them fill in their names, ages, and the school they go to. This is nice because they can practice writing.

  7. Once they have finished filling in the handout, have them put their names on the back, date it, and you are finished with the art book.
Go to the Conclusion

Related Lessons and Resources:

About the Artist Handout
The Art Book - Index
Pop Art Portraits

Recommended Books/Products:

Teaching Art to Young Children ages 4-9
by Robert Barnes

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