SchoolArts Magazine

April 2017

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40 APRIL 2017 SchoolArts E A R L Y C H I L D H O O D John Purcell M y first-graders love to sing, dance, and act, and they are always asking me to film or take pictures of them while performing. That's why I came up with the idea to merge the visual and performing arts together through self-portraiture. PORTRAITS Self-Expression Discussion To begin, I took numerous photos of individual students expressing themselves however they chose. Some sang and danced, while others told jokes and acted out scenarios. More reserved students still showed expressions of their personality. The resulting photos displayed a range of emotion and expression. We used this as a springboard for a discussion on how artists create self-portraits. Students quickly understood the self-portrait concept and related it to the selfies so many were taking on their phones. They didn't like the idea though that one photo is enough for a self-portrait. "One picture is not enough to show me," said one stu- dent, and it was echoed by many. Rosenquist and Hockney Next, I brought out examples of art- ists such as James Rosenquist and David Hockney, who had used pho- tography in various ways in their artworks. Students liked how both of these artists fragmented their pictures for a collage effect. We later observed Amber Santos, grade one. Performance

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