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Class Portrait Poster

School: The College School

City/State: St. Louis, MO

Grade(s): K

Format(s): Poster: General

Subject(s): Visual Arts

Project Overview

Kindergarten students at the College School in St. Louis, Missouri, created this oversized poster of individual student self-portraits. The portraits were part of an investigation of the students in the class– their similarities and their differences – that included reading, writing and math as well as art.

Each student created a portrait of him or herself through multiple drafts. As a school with heritage of both EL and Reggio Emilia – an approach to early childhood education pioneered by the public preschools in Reggio Emilia, Italy that is distinguished by sophisticated thinking and artwork – the students were guided to pay great attention to detail and technique.

Each student’s work was then collaged into an over-sized poster. The product was produced as a high quality, glossy full-sized poster and was hung outside the classroom and at other sites in the school. 

How This Project Can Be Useful

  • Exemplifies an extremely appealing format – high quality color, glossy product that would be engaging for students, teachers, parents and other school/community members
  • Shows how a simple idea can be very powerful
  • Combination of drawings and handwritten names lends a realistic feel to the poster
  • Highlights the power of critique and revision – even with kindergarten students
  • A format that can easily be applied to any subject area or discipline
  • An example of a “sellable” product – one that people would be willing to pay for
  • The different styles and sophistication of illustration allows the viewer to get a sense of the range of students in this class

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
  • I can use pictures to send a clear message to my listener.
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