Go beyond the typical self-portrait lesson with Fingerprint Self-Portraits! While most self-portraits emphasize what a student looks like, this lesson provides a snapshot of a child’s personality at a specific time in their life. Middle schoolers will enjoy sharing their opinions, their likes and dislikes, and some fun facts about themselves all in the pattern of their very own fingerprint. What could be more unique and personalized than that?!
This 25 page pdf includes complete step-by-step instructions with photos, a gallery of student work for inspiration, and lots of helpful tips for success. You’ll learn an easy way to collect fingerprints from students (without having to use a stamp pad!), and two different methods for enlarging fingerprints to self-portrait size. You’ll also get a full page of writing prompts and a page of fascinating fingerprint facts to share with your students. This updated version also includes three already enlarged sample fingerprints to use when students are absent for the first part of the lesson and need to be caught up quickly!
*Please note that if you choose to use your students' own fingerprints (rather than the already enlarged sample fingerprints provided) you will need to enlarge them, which requires some prep time. Using your students' own unique fingerprints makes these finished projects so unique and special, but be sure to plan ahead to allow time for enlarging!
Fingerprint Self-Portraits are fun to make and thoroughly one-of-a-kind! With a narrative written in the child’s own handwriting and “voice”, Fingerprint Self-Portraits make a truly special keepsake. Kids have a blast making them and parents will treasure having these - to add to a scrapbook, or to frame and hang on the wall!
Cheryl Trowbridge is the founder of Teach Kids Art (www.teachkidsart.net), a website for anyone who wants to share the JOY of ART with the kids in their life!