Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Self Esteem Portraits

This lesson came to me after my Weight Watchers group asked each member to list of "20 things that I liked about myself".  I thought this would be a great exercise for my 4th grade students so I made it into an art lesson. They were to write down 20 "things" they liked about themselves inside a drawing of a head ( i gave out a template for this). They would write them in different sizes and fonts. Around the Outline of the template I gave the students a list of self esteem quotes and asked them to pick one they liked or to make up their own.  Around the outside of the head their classmates wrote things they like about that person. They were asked to put their initals next to what they wrote and not to repeat. The artwork was so powerful. I think It really got them to thing positivly about all of their great qualities. Check them out....


  1. Great art project. Love it! I am excited to have stumbled onto your blog. I look forward to looking at more of your past posts. I can already tell they are going to give me a lot of inspiration!
    Take care,

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  3. I love this idea. I am a kindergarten teacher but will be giving up a prep period a week to teach art to 4th and 5 th graders next year. I really want to do this one with them. Where did you get the inspirational quotes and did they use the same one over again around the outside?

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  5. I did these with my students in May at a charter school and they came out so nice! thank you for the inspiration!

  6. I just began this with fifth grade. Love how these kids start with, "There is nothing great about me." Then their friends start helping them with what they see. I am not sure I am going to pass it around the table for positives that another student sees, I may have to think that through with each class. Thank you for sharing this idea!

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  8. This is awesome! I'm a counseling intern and I'm going to use this with a group of my clients next week!

  9. I feel so inspired by your results and can't wait to share this idea with my students.

  10. What kind of paint did you use that doesn't cover the words up?

    1. It could be watercolour paint

  11. You're all right, and I have been wrong.

    I will now stand beside you, in Society.

    I will assume my role.

    Nikola Tesla
    Martin Luther
    Robin Hood
    Jimi Hendricks
    Sarah Bernhardt
    Joan of Ark
    Marquis deSade
    Johnny Appleseed

    I will also take my Meds.

    Marc Breed
    America's Fetish Photographer