I have seen this on Pinterest, so I can not claim it- there are lots of creative teachers sharing great ideas there. It was our first project of the year for 1st- 5th grade. Our room is divided up into 6 tables. One for each color of the rainbow. Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Violet. Students worked on drawing their self-portraits with different mediums of the same color based on the table they sat at.
This project leads to many principles and elements of art. We discuss Line, Shape, Color, Value, Texture and Proportion.
We discussed shape, and how our heads are more of an oval rather than a round circle.
We talked about proportion and placement of ears and eyes and how to use a criss-cross to guide our drawing. We practiced drawing eyes with pupils that had light reflection, irises, eye lids and lashes.
The students got a kick out of drawing their hair with lots of lines to create texture and to use different mediums and draw with value.
Students were able to create with oil pastel, colored pencil, crayon and marker.