Last week, we continued to read The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler and began discussing different colors that we noticed on our face and body. Friends used liquid watercolors to mix their skin colors and added them to the self portraits that they began the previous week. Children selected from a variety of paint brushes, based on the amount of detail they wanted to add, versus filling in large areas of their face with paint.
Theo: Sometimes my hair is a little bit this color. I need a lot of different colors for my face.
Frances: What does “layering” mean? Is adding water layering? I’ll try just adding a little water. I made my skin lighter!
Hope: My hair is darker than my face.
Mina: Water makes the colors lighter.
Asa: I need mostly water and a little bit of paint. The paint is foggy. It makes it so I can’t see my nose.
Noah: Big brush for the head, little brush for my eyes. And my hair.
Jayden: It’s me! It looks like my skin.
Amie: Rinse, rinse, rinse again to make it lighter.
Lenin: This color like coffee.
Lorenzo: This is a fire brown! It has red in it.
Leba: I’m using the darkest dark for my hair.
Isaiah: I’m using a little bit of water. It got light brown.
Aria: I got a teeny tiny brush to use for my teeny tiny ears.
Farah: My hair is kind of blond. One of my ears looks stuck in my hair. And my lips are kind of red.
Maya: This brush is not tiny, it’s medium. I’m using a skinny brush for my mouth.
Uhura: My skin is honey skin. And my tongue is pink.
Kyrie: I see my hair is dark black. My teeth are white. I know I have blood in my eye. I could add that.
Jax: We have different skin. I’m light brown but I’m darker brown than Africa Grace.
Africa Grace: Yeah, mine is lighter. My mom has light skin, too. I’ve seen wood that’s the color of my skin. I don’t see my skin color but maybe I can mix it. I’m gonna add red because I see red on my arms and I need dark for my hair.
Below are some scanned images of self portraits in process!