Mixed Media Self-Portraits

Project: Mixed Media Self-Portraits

You may be wondering how these beautiful watercolor paintings will evolve into a mixed media self-portrait...

The purpose of a self-portrait is to capture part of your identity.  Instead of capturing what we look like, we will layer text on top of these paintings with paper, colored pencil, oil pastel & markers.  The words we choose will be strong adjectives and phrases that describe who we are, what we believe in & other important aspects of our identity.  

Students were captivated by the effect of wet-into-wet watercolor painting.  When the paper is wet first color quickly diffuses into beautiful clouds of color!  Students also experimented with dabbing the paint into the water, creating fireworks of color!  Many were also quite busy experimenting with mixing different colors and seeing what new colors they could create- enthusiasm quickly spread throughout the classroom as students exchanged 'recipes' for their colors.  I can't wait to see how these projects evolve! 

Check back soon for the finished projects...


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