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The Color of Us

School: Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning

City/State: Peyton, CO

Grade(s): K

Format(s): Book

Subject(s): English Language Arts, Social Studies, Visual Arts

Project Overview: 

Kindergarten students painted their self-portraits as a culmination of their expedition, "Its a Small World After All," that focused on art and music from around the world. Throughout the expedition, students were able to compare and contrast the art and music that can be seen and heard from around the world. Students were also exposed to various art and music and were able to discover how people express themselves.

Their final product is displayed in two formats: a book and a self-portrait painting. The book included quotes from the students reflecting on their work. The canvas displays the way that each student represents himself or herself, while also showcasing what makes them special.

Prior to painting the final draft of their self-portrait, the students learned about face shape, facial proportions, facial features, symmetry, and how to mix paint to create different colors and experimented with different paint mediums. Students also listened to different types of music and studied different types of art that can be found throughout our world. Students were able to make connections between color and emotions brought on by different kinds of music that can be heard from around the world.

How This Project Can Be Useful: 

  • An excellent example of the high-quality work that a kindergarten student can create
  • Shows how creativity can shine and promote individual differences when using a template for writing
  • A good model of a project that could be done in any kind of classroom

Relevant Resources

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
W.K.2
  • I can teach my reader about a topic using pictures and words.
W.K.5
  • With support from adults, I can revise my writing by adding details.
W.K.6
  • With support from adults, I can use digital tools to publish my writing.
SL.K.4
  • With support, I can use details when I speak to send a clear message to my listener.
SL.K.5
  • I can use pictures to send a clear message to my listener.
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