Creating self-portraits was one of those lazy last-minute Art class ideas on my part that ended up being a complete hit with the kids in my class.
I think the reason this was the most popular idea I’ve had so far is because younger kids are completely (and adorably) self-obsessed by nature. Seriously. If you ever need to entertain anyone under the age of 6, looking and talking about a bunch of personal photos will keep them occupied for hours.
It’s also super-easy to organise: all I had to do was give out the various parts and leave the kids to the assembly. I particularly enjoyed distributing the face templates while asking ‘What colour are you?’. The answers (white, brown, yellow, orange…) were hilarious because of their limited colour-shade vocabulary and the absence of any kind of comprehension of racial difference.
The kids procrastinated over the placement of their googly eyes for ages and drew on their own noses and smiles, with surprisingly accurate results. One kid drew a sad face (?). I helped with the hairstyles to make sure we got them just right.
Rawan rocks a perfect messy top-knot like this every day. I feel like asking her mother what’s her secret, but I know that would be weird.
Anyway, I always wanted to be able to show you some of the amazing people I work with, without putting photos of them on the internet and my job on the line! Now I can!