5th grade just completed these amazing Self Portrait Maps - I first saw this lesson HERE on the BLOG Quest Artists and you can see MORE HERE! Thanks Ruth Lee at Quest Artists, I was introduced to the artist Aaron Meshon! As soon as I saw the lesson & Aaron Meshon's illustrations I just knew it would be a hit for my 5th grade students - and it was! So, to begin we looked at Aaron Meshon's artwork. Before the students actually started to draw - I had them fill out a form, that I developed, of "Favorite Things", that gave them a starting place. I also asked the students to develop a name for their "state" that incorporates their name, they really loved this part and came up with some very creative names. Next, students worked out their designs in their sketchbooks. When the designs were complete students went on to their final copy (11X17 white drawing paper). Drawings were completed in pencil first and then students traced over with a fine point Sharpie. Color was added with colored pencil and Crayola Color Sticks. Here are some samples but if you would like to see ALL of them check out my ARTSONIA GALLERY HERE! You might also want to pay special attention to the Artist Statements that the students wrote to go with them. It is so interesting to read what the students think about their creations. Enjoy!