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Transformative Art at McKenna

McKenna self portraits   McKenna self portraits

Every year, students can count on the self-portrait project at McKenna Elementary School. Art teacher Ellen Cervone said that the project not only documents how students grow and change physically from kindergarten through fifth-grade, but also captures the development of their artistic abilities.

The self-portraits are made with pencil and crayon, and finished with a light watercolor wash. The students are aided by mirrors and “This is me” sheets that note physical features such as eye color, face shape and hair style. Ms. Cervone keeps all of the completed self-portraits and gives them to the children upon their graduation from elementary school.