Looking at ourselves

Year 1 traditionally spend the first term of the year doing work all about themselves. Part of this involves creating a self portrait. I would like to revisit self portraits with the learners throughout the year to see how their ides of themselves and drawing skills evolve.

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To create these portraits children spent time looking at photographs of themselves (which they love seeing) and at each other discussing what was the same and different. We talked about the main shapes they could see and did drawings in the air and on the page with their finger before drawing their faces. Rather than mapping out proportions using a formula I instead get the children to look in mirrors and at each other to see where

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Rather than mapping out proportions using a formula I instead get the children to look in mirrors and at each other to see where their features are in relation to each other. I use questions to get them thinking about the size and placement of their features Eg. “Where are you ears? Can you see they are as high as your eyes? How big is your mouth compared to your nose? Does it stretch across as wide as your eyes?”

Learners used black crayon outlines and acrylic paint for the faces and hair. They filled the background with things they loved and coloured it with dye.

 

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