Creating Colorful Self-Portrait Collages
Kindergarten (lower elementary)
Painting & Collage
Objective: Students will create a Self-Portrait Collage.
Day 1: We will use secondary colors to paint a background for a self-portrait.
Day 2: We will mix different paint colors to match our skin. Read "All the Colors We Are/Todos los Colores de Nuestra Piel" by Katie Kissinger and then guide students through the following questions:
1. What is color?
2. What is skin?
3. What is skin color?
4. Why is it important?
5. Why is it not important?
6. Why might some people find it hard to talk about this?
Then, like the main character in the story, students learn how to mix different paint colors to match their own skin. They then paint an entire paper to match their skin color.
Day 3: We will mix different paint colors to match our hair.
Students watch the animated short “Hair Love” and discuss how our hair can be different colors, textures, and styles. Students mix paint to match their hair color.
Day 4: We will begin collaging our self-portrait.
Students read & discuss “The Skin You Live In” before collaging skin and hair onto background.
Day 5: We will learn how to draw texture in our hair and continue collaging our self-portrait.
Students read “I love My Hair!” and discuss how hair can be different colors, textures, and hair. They then use oil pastels to add lines to represent texture in their hair (straight, wavy, curly, etc.)
Day 6: We will learn how to use shapes to draw our facial features.
Students use a mirror to draw their eyes and mouth on a separate sheet of paper.
Day 7: We will use lines to finish the face on our self-portrait collage.
Students cut out and glue their eyes and mouth. They then use crayons to draw their nose and eyebrows.
Day 8: We will use patterns to finish our self-portrait collage.
Students add their body to their self-portraits. They then used papers to create a pattern onto their shirt. Students add and refine any final details before signing their work.