All last week, the students in my art classes worked on a whole school project. I originally saw this idea on the blog, smART class, http://elementaryartfun.blogspot.com/2011/08/back-to-school-ideas.html.
Each student created a monochromatic (one-color) or two-color self-portrait. We discussed how they could use different shades of colors in the same family (sky blue, navy blue) or different values of the same shade (by increasing or decreasing the pressure on the crayons etc...) They were given crayons, art sticks, and markers to create their portraits. We had a short lesson on portrait drawing before they started theirs. Each portrait then became part of a whole school mural displayed downstairs by the office. Many of their personalities shone through their work!
If you are a parent coming in on Parents' Night this Thursday, take a swing down the hall by the office/8th grade and check it out!
Also, thanks you to my helpful parents! (Mrs. Tremblay, Mrs. O'Hare, Mrs. Flomp, Mrs. Conway, and Mrs. Cunningham) I could not have completed the display without you!! They were the best staplers and tapers in town!