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 both years. We began by reading The Colors of Us by Karen Katz and talked a little about different shades of skin, eyes, hair, etc.
Next, I showed some different techniques for selecting colors that closely matched the colors that were unique to each of them. Children selected colors that they thought would work after observing themselves in the mirror, and held them up next to their hands, hair, etc. to see which color would be the best.
Amal: I look beautiful!
Nazeer: My skin is a toast color.
Waju: I’m making my head an oval. My skin is pancake color and my eyes are a little bit blue. I look nice! I’m drawing myself holding the pencil. Wait, why do I kind of look like a huge potato?
Anders: Don’t forget your belly button.
Autumn: Oh my! I’m looking at myself. Hi Autumn! I see that I’m so hairy. I have more than one hair on my head.
Isabella: I’m the color of spice.
Isaac: I’m coffee colored and I have a nice smile!
Konone: My eyes are dark brown like midnight brown.
Phoenix: I’m chocolate brown and Autumn is chocolate brown too!
Mateo: I even want to draw my stinky feet.
Leonel: When you look in the mirror there’s another you. My head looks so big because I have a big brain.
Gionni: My skin is brown like a brown bear.
Sophia: I’m sand colored.
Eden: I’m making mine silly and drawing my tongue!
Jax: I’m just like you… I have eyelashes too!
Aurora: I see my two ponytails.
Here are some of the finished self portraits from our week!