art programs in schools

Painting Self-Portraits for Kids

The children learn about and paint self-portraits. For ages 6 to 9. Plan 2 to 3 sessions.

KEY IDEAS
Learning about self-portraits
Observing facial features
Planning use of the whole paper
Using large and small paint brushes
Painting wet paint over dry paint

LANGUAGE
self-portrait, head-and-shoulders portrait, background, outline

Important Facts About Arts in Education

Students who study art are four times more likely to be recognized for their academic achievements and three times as likely to be awarded for their school attendance.
Music education and Art educations programs are mandatory in countries that rank consistently among the highest for math and science test scores, like Japan, the Netherlands, Hungary, Ireland and the UK.
The No Child Left Behind Act clearly mandates The Arts (music, art, foreign language, etc.) as a core academic subject.