Friday, January 23, 2009

Sit Right Down and Have Your Portrait Painted

After doing several self-portraits,

Zoe came up with the idea of painting portraits of her classmates. She has decided that she wants to put them in a book for all of the students to enjoy. I think she did five or six yesterday. At one point I heard her say to a child who she had asked to sit, "Don't worry, I am pretty good at this so it won't take that long, but you do need to sit still."

So they came one by one and sat pretty still. Another child said, "That doesn't look like me at all." Zoe responded, "Yes it does. It looks exactly like you. I am the artist and I paint you how I see you. This looks just like you." She has grown confident about her artistic skills. Here are few shots of students sitting for her and her finished portraits.

Two of her sitters:

Two of her portraits:


liz said...

I love this so much. Your calm, beautiful classroom gives me someting to strive for. I worked as an aide in a Montessori classroom while in college. I now teach at a regular public school, but love to bring Montessori elements into my classroom whenever possible. Thak you for sharing your lessons here. :)

P.S. Montessori said...

These are really beautiful, and I love the confidence of your artist! I agree with Liz, above, I strive for the peacefulness of your classroom.

Amber said...

How Fantastic! Gotta love that! My son said tonight that when he wakes up he's going to create copies of his own Architecture colouring-in book for everyone we know. Ahhh, Montessori kids :)