Inquiry Focus

Crying Flowers Art

After Jeff Stockton visited, we pondered his sad story about a girl who cried flowers. Much discussion occurred about our unique characteristics and features which make us special. We felt we should tackle the immense task of creating self-portraits to pay homage to the story. Throughout the year, the students have been doing plenty of self-exploration in Kindergarten and, I felt, were ready to enter into an expanded state of awareness in which one has access to much more knowledge, information and wisdom than is normally the case. That is how powerful creating self-portraits can be. You can look closely and feel “bigger” somehow, and in that state feel most at one’s true self. Every artist confronting him or herself is faced with questions far more profound than whether or not a likeness has been achieved.

We were introduced to some drawing “tricks” to assist in the realisticness of our self-portrait. Some of these include putting the eyes in the middle of the oval (head shape); hair covers one third of the oval of the face; keep your eyes on the mirror at your face—much more than you look at your paper on which you are drawing, etc. And so, we drew our faces, with all our unique marks at the ages of 4, 5 and 6 years old!!!

After drawing in pencil, we traced over the lines with a black pen to make them stand out. In the spirit of understanding ourselves, we did more deep soul searching and determined which type of flower we would cry--one that would suit us, as individuals. We drew the flower coming from our eyes as tears, just as had happened in the story, "The girl who cried flowers".
The final touch was to use Watercolour Crayons to colour on the flowers only, to add emphasis to the flower in contrast to our black and white contour lines of our facial details. A wet paintbrush (water only) blended our colouring together and made the flowers more realistic. Now the immense task was complete and you can appreciate the huge expectation of this project. This is an artwork to treasure.

Student looking at mirror to do self portrait Student drawing Students
This was the Kindergarten students' first attempt to draw their self-portrait. This is a very difficult skill for professional artists and it was quite challenging for us too. We worked hard to do our best work without getting frustrated. This work is something to treasure for ever and ever as it is very demanding and very personal.


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