A Self Portrait

Each year in my classes, we create our self portraits. I try to find different ways to present them and to make it interesting for the children to do. I create one of myself as an example for my students to see. In doing the example, I also see whether the idea would work.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
A self portrait. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

This year I cut the boxes from the IKEA furniture into rectangles. I asked the children to paint their rectangle using tempura paint. The rectangles then became the background for their portrait. Choosing their favourite colour, they drew themselves on a piece of white paper which I then glued onto the piece of cardboard they had painted. Once I had glued on the photo I had taken and printed of them, I asked them to write their name on the final product in black marker.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
A group of self portraits. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

These portraits are currently hanging on the wall outside of the classroom. When I take them down, they will be glued onto the binder containing their portfolio. These portraits are a representation of how the children are drawing and writing at the beginning of senior kindergarten year – and hopefully they will become a childhood memento.

Thursday SpecialDo you create self portraits?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

(This post was inspired by Paula’s Thursday Special)


34 thoughts on “A Self Portrait

  1. Wonderful, Colline!!!! You know how to make kids creatively busy while making them learn at the same time 🙂 I am loving the results, and they will have their own portfolios afterward! I remember that as a child I simply loved tempura paint, though once it went wrong in the middle of our paint class and another kid complained about the foul smell 😀

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    1. The paint does tend to smell when it is too old. It does not reach that point in my classroom as I give the children plenty of opportunity to paint.
      Glad you like the portraits. I am sure the parents will too 🙂

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  2. I like the idea and am sure the kids do too. I taught 7-8 year olds and have had them do a classmate’s portrait as well. Usually just the face on a big piece of manilla. With a little help from the art teacher, they produced some very real likenesses. And of course they also wrote a very nice description of the person. 🙂


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