Friday, December 16, 2011

Self-Portrait Masks: "I Ain't Gonna Paint No More" by David Catrow

Illustrations in the book are fabulous!

Attention Grabber: "The one day in art you get to paint on yourselves!... just kidding... well kinda":)

The self portrait mask that is breaking all the rules! 

K-1 learned about self portraits and then created a drawing of themselves using sharpie marker guided by my instruction. The students then painted "all over their faces" using squares of tissue paper dipped in water. Students used their fingers to move and paint with the wet tissues. 

The next day we guled our self portraits on black paper and cut them out. I hot glued a popsicle stick on the back for them to hold up like a mask. I love the uniqueness in each one and the bright colors we achieved using tissue paper (quickly becoming an art room staple for me).  

On another note: This project really separated the kindergarteners from the 1st graders. Im sure you can guess by just looking at the photos above what art is kinder and what art is 1st grade. It has been interesting teaching classes with such dramatically different developmental abilities. Teaching Kinder's is so different from 1st grade, this is especially clear when we are drawing. They still are all successful for their age but it has been interesting observing the K's and the 1's side by side in my classroom:) 


  1. This is soooo cool!!!! I think we could manage this! Hope you don't mind if I use this. It will be great to have the whole school doing some version of a self portrait.

  2. Great blog! I love the ELA tie-ins you do with a lot of your lessons. If you have time, check out my blog, it's also an elementary art blog.

    Best Regards!