The Importance of Looking at Ourselves
|The Hundred Languages of Children (from the exhibition catalogue)|
"A child's most sought after goal is to recognize him or herself." Loris Malaguzzi from the Hundred Languages of Children
Beginning Self Portraits
We began learning about self portraits. I drew a picture of myself using a circle for a head, two small circles for eyes, a straight line for a nose and a curved line for a mouth. I asked the children if this sketch looked like me. Their response was a clear, “No!” We talked about our facial features and the realistic shapes of these features. I modelled for students using a mirror how to sketch a self-portrait that is realistic. We emphasized that it is important to draw what you see.
When you look in the mirror what do you see?
J.N: My mouth.
A.R: Eyes, brown.
A: My nose like a triangle.
I.G: My eyes.
C.L: My eyelashes.
We will continue to post as the children explore facial features and self portraits.