It’s one of my favorite times of year in the Pre-K Studio… self portrait week! Friends in Pre-K work on a self portrait for their portfolio at the beginning and the end of each school year. It’s great to see how much their observations and skills change over the course of the year, and for children that are in Pre-K for two years, over the span of those years. We began by reading The Colors of Us by Karen Katz and talked a little about different shades of skin, eyes, hair, etc.
Ra’Maya: I’m cocoa brown! Yummy!
Rayyan: I look so nice like yummy chocolate brown.
Next, I showed some different techniques for selecting colors that most closely matched the colors that were unique to each of them. Children selected colors that they thought would work, and held them up next to their hands, hair, etc. to see which color would be the best.
Mae: Eyebrows are skittery skattery across your face.
Amal: I make Amal!
Zavier: You don’t have to draw your legs because you don’t see them in the mirror. I can only see my shirt, not my pants.
Dai’Jah: I have to try to draw my bows!
Andres: Camels have eyelashes, too.
William: Eyebrows keep the sweat from getting in your eyes and the hair in your nose keeps sand from getting up there. It also stops wood chips from getting up there. It tangles it up and gets it out!
Adrian: You forgot to draw earwax in your ear!
William: I look like a flying potato!
Carlos: Giraffes have eyelashes to keep mosquitos out of their eyes. They have ears like half circles, too!
Here are some of the finished self portraits from our week!