Have you tried Chatterpix in your classroom yet? No, well then you definitely need to. It's easy to use, super fun, and helps students give voice to their artwork! This year the Fuller Meadow 1st graders used Chatterpix through one of my favorite self-portrait lessons.
1st grade artists started out by learning the basic rules for drawing the face. They used an eye line to place the eyes right in the middle of the head. Next, the nose line was added, followed by the mouth line. Finally we placed in ears and a neck. We basically learned a simple version similar to this diagram shared by Expressive Monkey.
Throughout the project we examined an amazing group contemporary portrait artists like Kehinde Wiley, Amy Sherald, and many others. 1st Graders made choices to make detailed patterned backgrounds in the style of Wiley or keep the backgrounds solid to highlight the figure in the style of Sherald. Or they choose to put their self-portraits in a background that shows them in everyday favorite situations like figurative artist Jordan Casteel. We used these examples as inspiration in creating the details on our own first grade portraits.
Finally,1st graders brought their self-portraits to life with the help of Chatterpix.
They used Chatterpix to describe their unique qualities and show
how they represented those qualities in their art.
Find your favorite artist's class below and enjoy!
Mrs. Higgin's Class
Mrs. Shaffenberg's Class
Mrs. Thomson's Class
Miss Tiexeria's Class