During our exploration of thankfulness a few weeks ago, children were introduced to drawing with a variety of materials: crayons, colored pencils and pastels. These first drawings included a plethora of subjects: our families, our friends and our favorite things to name a few. To expand upon our drawing experience, over the last week the children have had the added provocation of mirrors and their school portraits. We asked the children what they think we mean when we say that we are going to make a self-portrait.
Here are some of their thoughts:
Mimi: I draw people.
Ford: You put yourself in it.
Before beginning our self-portraits, we also read the story Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry. In the story, a little girl named Zuri is excited for the special day when her mom is coming home after being away for a while and she wants to make sure that her hair is beautiful. In the story, her daddy tries his best to style her hair just right. She sees herself in the bathroom mirror as he is styling her hair in many different ways. Before drawing ourselves, each child was encouraged to look at themselves in a mirror and notice the details of their appearance.
Fay: I did me. I did green because I love green! I have brown and white (looking into the mirror and referring to her eyes).
Cal: I see big eyes. And I see my face and my mask.
Ragnar looking in the mirror: I see green.
Bailee and Louisa shared a mirror and talked about each other's facial features before beginning their self-portraits.
While children were drawing, many narrated what they were thinking and the process of their drawing:
Ramsey: I make a circle. Black, because I wanna make a blue circle, because I see blue in my shirt.
Ford: I gonna make white, my hair. I see white in my eyes. I make blue-right here (pointing to the blue zipper on his vest). That so easy I just.
Ragnar used the pastels and commented on the texture of the pastel on the paper: I scraped it. It’s soft. I sitting here (at the studio table).
Cal: I went around and around and around.
Fay: I making a dress. I’m making the arm here (pointing to a shape on her self-portrait).