Through the Eyes of Each Other

Sometimes parents will ask if we take donations for the classroom. I usually say yes because honestly, I love FREE STUFF.  I consider them Loose Parts with an eventual purpose.  Sooner or later the children or the teachers will come up with some way to use them.  On this day I received eighteen 5×7 clear acrylic plaques.  A blog that I follow (ThinkinEd) did a post on the art of lines with portrait painting and transparencies. I was so inspired, I knew the children could do a variation on this by drawing each other. Graduation was rapidly approaching and I wanted the children to have a friendship keepsake. We began in pairs with the children sitting across from each other, one the artist, the other the model.

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We used white board markers to outline the faces. This allowed the children to wipe off and erase.

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Later they would trace and color with Sharpies for the final product.

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Here one boy studies his drawing with thought and curiousity.  He experiments with his finger to see if he can erase the lines of the marker.

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They were so excited to draw their friends, they lined up patiently to do this. They drew with care, detail and focus.

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We purchased small easels to display at graduation.  We also added photos to document the process.

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This turned out better than expected. The children were so proud of their work and they were beyond thrilled that this was a gift from “each other”.  So the next time a parent begins a question with, “Could you use…”  Say “YES!”  You or the children will come up with something!!

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