It shows her and her two lovey bears.
This first image is a self-portrait of Vermeer. We talked about how realistic the image looked and how he painted himself with a background. That it showed his whole body. I also told them that they didn't have cameras this long ago and we would never know what these artists looked like if they hadn't painted themselves.
This one is a self-portrait of Frida Kahlo. The girls and I talked about how this image didn't look as realistic as the Vermeer portrait. The girls didn't think she probably really had monkeys on her back. I didn't get into any of the symbolism of Kahlo's work because it would be way too deep for the girls. So we just left it as her picture was more imaginative than Vermeer's.
I asked the girls if they could maybe guess which artist this was. They didn't know. So then I asked them if the swirls told them anything. They still drew a blank, so I showed them their pictures of Starry, Starry Night from last year and they both immediately said, "Van...Van....oh, I can't remember!" Yep, Van Gogh!
The last image I showed them was Allegory as Painting by Artemisia Gentileschi, a female Italian Baroque painter. I told the girls this was one of my all-time favorite artists and that she was special because there were not very many female painters at all during her time.
Finally, we talked about how a self-portrait could be just someone's head and shoulders, part of their body, or their whole body. It could be with a landscape background or just a painted background real or pretend.
Then I told them to go ahead and use any of the art supplies they wanted (and I had them ALL out today) and make their self-portrait for this year. I had some new supplies they hadn't used before. I showed them how to use the watercolor pencils; first by coloring in an area and then by dipping their finger in water and gently "brushing" where they colored. They LOVED this. I think these are going to be a favorite art supply for the summer.
Here are some images of their work in progress:
Trying out the watercolor pencils below:
And their finished self-portraits:
Below: Lily's self-portrait. She told me she's about to walk into the water at the beach.
Because I knew they would be especially excited about art today, I figured they wouldn't be totally satisfied with just doing one picture. So I had them create a "2011" page in their journal to mark where this year's projects start. They could decorate this however they wanted as well.