Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Snorkeling Self Portraits

Nothing says late autumn quite like snorkeling right? :) I wanted to do a self-portrait lesson, but decided to add a twist with my two groups of after-school students. I offered a template to create a head and from there the children (5-10) followed a directed line drawing lesson. A variety of media was offered to add color to their portraits, acrylic paint, oil pastels and chalk pastels. I encouraged them to outline everything with a permanent marker or oil pastel once complete to make everything pop. On a separate piece of board the children created an underwater effect with liquid watercolors and salt. (Always a crowd pleaser) Finally the children created bright colored tropical fish and played around with placement to create an underwater scene. Snorkelers and fish were cut out and glued to their backgrounds. 


  1. Super creative! Love the collage aspect, too. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Great project! I love all the components. And snorkeling is so totally Fall.

  3. Thanks so much Patty, Jeanette, and Danielle!

  4. Thanks for the inspiring ideas, its summer over here in NZ so a good idea for the start of the school year. Do you have a template for their faces?

    1. Thank you Tumeke! Unfortunately, I didn’t save my templates. But I just created simple large ovals on poster board.

  5. I love these! What kind of paper and size did you use for the background?


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