April 17, 2012

Fine Arts Night Surprise

I knew what the big surprise was going to be at Fine Arts Night after seeing this.
So for about the last 3 months whenever a class finished a project early, we would work on making our own portrait.
Each student got a 6 x 6 piece of white construction paper.
Each table got a basket filled with tints and shades of one color. (crayons, markers, colored pencils)
Assignment: draw yourself, try and leave no white space.
I didn't have kindergarten do this project because they were already doing portraits (see here)
Fifth graders were given the task to create intermediate portraits. I used their portraits to make transitions from one color to the next.
I didn't want one long piece of black craft paper, so I divided it up into sections.
When I reached the end of one paper I left a tab at the end. Then I would begin on the edge of the next paper. I used Elmer's glue to tack the art down.
It took about 2 hours to put the whole thing together (300 portraits).
As luck would have it I got to the end and was ONE short of perfection. So I whipped out the baskets and quickly drew me. I figure I will make it a black and white photo and put it on the learning statement. The can search for me (although, I am pretty sure I am in the easiest place ever. Oh well!

One week from today is the day!
Cheers to not totally losing my mind in the next 7days...


  1. These look so awesome! Love the idea of doing this for fine art night.

    Feel free to checkout my blog. I have a 5th grade portrait lesson on their that you might like...