Also may want to check out the incredible art lessons for ideas: http://www.incredibleart.org/lessons/elem/selfport.htm
For example, one of the lessons on my "to try list" is Tammy Morin's Lesson: What do I Value? Values Self Portrait Painting
The lesson details from the site:
One project that I have done for Power of Words theme is value self portraits. They created a painting using only black, white and values of gray. They mixed the colors themselves. I also took pictures of them, brought them into the computer and made them black and white so they would have an easier time seeing the values. When the painting was finished we talked about their personal values and what was important to them. They then created a list to use for the painting. We cut the paintings out and mounted them on black paper. They then painted their "values" around the portrait.
This lesson is good for elementary through middle school (and up). I particularly liked the range of styles of painting this project showed. I selected two very different examples from the ones Tammy shared.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "fufuyina" <terrylynny@...> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I only have a few weeks before the end of the marking period to use photos I took of each student. Originally, I was planning to do a typography assignment where they write words in the outline areas of their face, but things happened and there will not be enough time. I have 8x10 black and white photocopies of their "head shots"...any ideas for a project that is not too involved. I thought about using watercolor for a background and then using a sharpie to trace their face outline on clear plastic, then overlaying it
> I thought I would ask here to see what people have done. I see the students daily and we have 50 min periods, but will only have 5 class days to complete.
> Also thought about image transfers to drawing paper, but I have never done it on paper, only packaging tape...
> Thanks so much!!!!!!!!!!
> Bronx, NY