In kindergarten we focus primarily on portraits. I have found that I can bring many aspects of art, math, analysis, and fine motor skills into all portraiture lessons. In the beginning we start with self-portrait and identifying where the features are placed and determine the shapes these features create. By 2nd semester we are starting to identify the features and details that make people different and diversified. We just finished our American Gothic portait where we discussed the aspects that made these people different. For example, wrinkles, glasses, hairlines, eye shape, and lip shape give these people their overall appearance.
Which brings us to our most recent project. The kindergarten students each choose a photo of a president. They need to draw that picture to the best of their ability. They have to pay attention to details!
Although all of the students do an excellent job drawing the details that make each president look different, I had one student that really impressed me with his drawing skills by observing every detail of President Lincoln and then drawing each line and shape at above normal accuracy.
TRENTOR DORR (Kindergarten) Abraham Lincoln