Last week, friends started working on their self portraits in the Studio! We began by reading The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler. This book has rich text and illustrations, so we broke it up into three parts to use throughout our self portrait work.
Next, we began examining our faces in mirrors. Friends noticed shapes, colors and textures, while also sharing what they knew about skin and why we have it.
“Why do we have skin?”
Kyrie: You need skin so you can play. And so you can run really fast.
Abbie: It keeps your inside warm.
Africa Grace: Skin is so you don’t have your skeleton out.
Jax: If you take your skin off, you’ll see your bones.
Theo: It helps keep the bones inside the body.
Kaylee: And the blood inside.
Sallie Chappell: When we grow into a baby, we grow skin.
Jair: Skin helps you grow bigger and bigger when you eat your vegetables.
Amie: If you don’t have skin, you’ll die.
Betsegaw: Self portraits are you draw if you’re a boy or a girl.
Abbie: You make your eye color.
Theo: I need to make my Nationals jersey. And my missing teeth. And little boogers in my nose.
Aria: Don’t forget to make your eyelids.
Jacob: My legs are lines. And my feet look like little ovals. My fingers look like five lines.
Frances: How come I’m always in my skin?
Kaitlyn: I put my unicorn horn.
Nora: I need to add my birth mark.
Adele: It means… um… self means us, so, a picture of us!
Ellie: How do I make Ellie?
Eva: I added a freckle to my foot. And a bandaid.
Jayden: That’s me. That’s myself!
Hope: I have skin on my face. And my cheeks.
Below are self portraits in process! Next week, friends will mix colors with liquid watercolors as they start adding additional details to their portraits.