Introducing the concept of a self-portrait to children gives them the time to study their eyes, nose, mouth and face to work out how it all fits together. This practice of observing details closely is a precursor to drawing from observation
A child's self-portrait can reveal many things. As with any drawing, it shows the development of many skills like fine motor, observation and focusing to mention just a few. This also gives adults an insight into a child's self-concept through that child's own eyes.
Self-portraits are a fantastic way for children to explore their sense of self and build their self-identity.
To introduce the concept of a self-portrait the children at Dragonfly's Early Learning at Coolum Beach made their own self-portraits by using an eye chart and a mirror to recognise their individual eye colour and facial features.
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