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Seeing Yourself

Invite your students to make a life-sized self-portrait - on a mirror with Crayola® Washable Window Markers or Crayola Window Crayons! Use these bright colors for a glamorous effect.

  • Grade 1
    Grade 2
  • 30 Minutes or Less
  • Directions

    1. Many artists have created interesting portraits and self-portraits. The difference between the two types of drawings or paintings is that a portrait is a drawing of someone else, while a self-portrait is a drawing of oneself.
    2. Share with students Andy Warhol's portraits of Mick Jagger, completed in 1973. These drawings combine prints and line drawings. Study the line drawing portions of the portraits. Look for other examples of such artwork posted on the internet.
    3. Andy Warhol, like other artists, looked closely at the features of the person he was drawing. To make a self-portrait, encourage students to look closely at their faces in unbreakable mirrors. Remind them that their heads must be kept very still. Ask students to trace their facial features as they see them using Crayola Washable Window Markers or Crayola Window Crayons. Only student eyes should move. In the event that a student moves his face, assist them with repositing their faces in the lines already drawn on the mirror.
    4. When finished tracing all of their features, students add a few lines for hair, neck, and shoulders. Then step back from their portraits.
    5. Students fill in their portraits with additional marker colors for a unique, interesting effect. To make changes, they can simply wipe off the marker color with a damp paper towel. Remind students to allow the area to dry before drawing again.
  • Standards

    LA: With prompting and support, identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.

    LA: Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.

    LA: Ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something that is not understood.

    LA: Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.

    LA: Participate in shared research and writing projects.

    SCI: Investigate and explain that for an object to be seen, light must be reflected off the object and enter the eye.

    VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

  • Adaptations

    Once students have traced their features several times on various mirrors, encourage them to draw their faces on a sheet of paper while looking in a mirror, thus creating a more traditional self-portrait.

    Students study the self-portraits of several artists for interesting comparisons of style, color, and technique. Some artists to examine might include Vincent Van Gogh, Albrecht Durer, and/or Frida Kahlo.

    Students trace the outline of their faces onto a mirror. Trade mirrors with a partner. Complete the portrait using the new mirror outline. Incorporate original features into the new face. Share your artwork with classmates.

    How do you "see yourself" when you look into the mirror? Encourage students to investigate how human vision works, Create a sketch of the human eye, labeling all significant parts. Students prepare to explain how light entering through the human eye works with the brain to allow for vision.


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  • Collaboration.
  • Change.
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