Looking Closely, Again

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By Laura

It has become a tradition in our classroom to have the children draw a self-portrait with pen at the beginning of the school year and then again near the end of the year. Today Alisha worked with four graduates in the studio, inviting them to look closely at their faces and tackle this challenge one final time before kindergarten.

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I have paired their drawings from September (on the left) to those from today (on the right). This can be a useful way to reflect on each child’s understanding of the language of drawing and how it has changed over time. What do you notice? What are the children working on now? Are there any stylistic elements that have changed over time? Stayed the same? How have the shapes and lines chosen to represent different parts of their faces changed since the beginning of the year?


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