Self-Portraits in Chalk

Every year, as part of my curriculum, we do a self-portrait. It’s been an interesting journey since I have students from kindergarten to grade three.  I get to see their progression each year.  This year, I was ultra impressed by my second-grade students. 

I always have students do a self-portrait on the own using a mirror first. This way I can see what they know already and what we need to focus on.  No matter what age, students always put their eyes way high on their head, make a very skinny neck, and make stringy hair.


Then we go into fractions and we practice drawing a face using fractions as a guide.


Some kids get it, some don’t.  No worries.  They are in second grade.

And then we recreate our faces on a big paper.  This year I had my kids color them with chalk.


I love this last one, how he used complementary colors.  It really pops. Can’t wait to display a few of these at the art show.



Author: Sonia Chapman

I am an art teacher, living in the Middle East, following my passion for art, teaching little children about the finer things in life, and loving every bit of it.

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