Teaching Self-Portraits: proportion vs. tracing face shapes. For grades 1-4 teach proportion. For grades 5-8 begin by having students trace a picture of themselves onto transparency using vis-a-vis marker. Students tape transparency into sketchbook for shape reference. For grades 9-12 teach both methods and introduce modeling/value
Sixth graders used a hexagon, a six sided shape, as the basis for their positive-negative design. One design was created on a "pie" shape, then "flipped" each time it was drawn to create the mirror image of the design. Black sharpie was used to create the contrast, and some students used color to enhance their designs.