For these self-portraits (with Miss Marin Ryan), the second graders learned the big word "imperfection". We discussed that there can be imperfections in artworks. We even have imperfections on our own faces, (such as scars or a missing teeth) and it's okay to not be perfect! In fact, being imperfect is something we all have in common.
After learning realistic facial proportions and how to draw difficult features like the eyes and nose, the students drew their own self-portraits and were challenged to include at least one imperfection. They also learned how to use a watercolor wash to create a realistic skin color, and added the rest of the color by layering colored tissue paper (we used watered down glue, but liquid starch works too).