Using ideas from the book, Beautiful Stuff, by early childhood art goddess, Cathy Topal, the kindergarteners created self portraits today. As an inspiration, the kids discussed the vegetable face paintings of Arcimboldo.
Then they went about collecting recycled "junk" with which to create their work. (Actually, I told them that the blue trays were the shopping carts and we were going to buy this special junk at the classroom K-Mart. No great educational value to the K-Mart reference, but it sure was fun driving the carts around the room.)
The students arranged the junk pieces around a circular paper that was the face. The directions were to make a self portrait which included eyes, nose, face, hair, ears and mouth. After arranging the face in a way that pleased them, they had to draw that face on another sheet of paper.
We looked at all of the drawings when they were done and there were lots of giggles and applause for each other.