Self Portraits

My favorite year-end art project,
children drawing a picture of themselves
and comparing it to the drawing they made
at the start of the school year.

Look at how they’ve grown!


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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67 Responses to Self Portraits

  1. Dan Antion says:

    They are all more complete, Jennie. That’s what you do!

  2. beetleypete says:

    Another fabulous idea, Jennie.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. Wow, Jennie. A story of growth in pictures. I loved this. Well done, kids and Jennie. 🙂

  4. How delightful Jennie.. ❤ They have certainly Grown in talent from your excellent teaching ❤

  5. And, such a keeper for parents!

  6. Darlene says:

    They have come a long way! And have grown limbs. A great project.

  7. Nice idea. Beautiful art work by kids🌹💐💫

  8. Kendall says:

    That is precious! Amazing growth!

  9. quiall says:

    It is wonderful to see how the vision the children have of themselves changes. It is all for the good.

  10. How exciting to see how much they’re growing with their fine motor skills, and self awareness.

  11. Elizabeth says:

    You have taken me back to a Head Start screening tool involving counting the parts of a child’s drawing of a person. I like seeing the predicted development suggested by the test showing up in your actual comparison drawings of kids over the school year.

    • Jennie says:

      Yes, that test is a good assessment of predictable development. It’s a nice keepsake for parents to see their child’s growth over the year.

  12. They’re all amazing.

  13. Fascinating! They’ve all grown bodies over the course of the year. What do the children say when comparing their “then and now” self-portraits?

  14. Beautiful helpful activity . You can see and they can see how they are achieving more.

  15. I have the same question as Liz has. Do the children notice the difference? Great project.

  16. Thotaramani says:

    Encouraging the best talent in children Jennie! Well done 👍🏻 Even we can’t express like that.

  17. Norah says:

    A perfect way to show development!

  18. beth says:

    I am huge fan of self-portraits. we keep them and create a book of them for parents at the end of the year or two years that we have their children in our class. they are always stunning and show how far the children have come. wonderful post

  19. Lokesh Sastya says:

    Hi Jennie, These ‘self-portraits’ reminds me of my school days. I can relate to them.
    These 8 self portraits tell us how each of these 8 children recognise themselves.
    Some children look happy. You can see a smile on their whenever you meet them. A few are anxious and tired. They know it well that people dislike them.
    I’m just assuming. Wishing everyone a happy and joyful life. 😁✨

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you. The eight portraits are four different children. They each drew one in September and another one in June. The changes in their drawings is remarkable.

  20. petespringerauthor says:

    A year of development for a child is night and day compared to an adult. That’s why education during this time is so critical.

  21. Great to see, and how they evolved to individuals, recognising themselves as persons. Perfect work, Jennie! xx Michael

  22. bosssybabe says:

    This is such a great exercise! I will try to remember to do this with Charlotte maybe for Sept first day of JK and last day of JK 🙂

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