My little kindergarten friends came in today. I have done this project every year since learning about this activity when getting my MFA at Boston University. It is such a simple idea, but a challenge for these little ones. Kids at this age typically draw all people the same and with details to differentiate who is who. The project is simply an exercise in brainstorming people but thinking about adding details so that each person is different. We talk about height, age, clothing, and other details these kids probably haven’t thought to add before. Such wonderful stories come out of these narratives- I’ve had students draw their grandparents as angels and also have hear all about their imaginary friends, which is so much fun. They love talking about these drawings, which is such an important part of the art education process. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!
Here are some reference pages I made for my students today! We will be creating large scale portraits where students will paint each body part on a note card and the assemble them together on a large sheet of paper. Here is an example from last year- I didn’t include ears on the notecards last year but I’m thinking about doing it this year. I love drawing ears- the folds and shadows, they are so interesting, different, and are often overlooked.