1st Grade Light and Dark Self-Portraits

1st graders just completed their self-portraits using light and dark colors. We read the book My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss to spark a discussion about how color can be used to describe different feelings. Then, we brainstormed a list of feeling words and separated them into dark and light colors. Next, artists chose a light colored feeling word and a dark colored feeling word and drew a picture of themselves describing a time they felt each feeling. Lastly, they finished their pictures by coloring the light emotions in colored pencils and painting the dark emotions in watercolor. See some of the beautiful examples below:


Up next: 1st grade artists will learn about the cave paintings of Lascaux and the earth tones that ancient artists used to paint them.