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This blog features art projects for children. These projects have been used in my classes. My lessons allow children to learn about all the elements and principles of art while striving to introduce them to many genres of art.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Self Portraits in Patterned Sweaters

My students in grades 2 and 3 began this project by using a 12 x 18 sheet of colored construction paper of their choice.  An assortment of tempera paints were set out and the students began painting patterns on their sweaters.  Before the painting began the paper was folded into quarters both vertically and horizontally creating sixteen boxes.  Each time a design was place in one box the same design was placed in the remaining boxes.  At first we were going to fill in all sixteen boxes but then we decided to work with only the top eight boxes instead.  The bottom half of the sweaters were painted with a simplified pattern.  The hats were painted to coordinate with the sweaters.  The last step was to draw a portrait of themselves on 9 x 12 manila paper.  Some of the students chose to paint the facial details while others chose to use crayons.  We assembled the art work once the portraits were cut out.  A few added extra details such as arms with mittens.  It was a lengthy project but quite appropriate for our long cold winter.

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