To gather excitement for this artwork we take the children to the jungle gym and photograph them hanging from the equipment. They trace themselves from the photo and then make a sketched plan in their books. They love showing themselves in some dangerous or crazy situation.
Now to the neat copy.
They apply a watercolour wash to the background A3 watercolour paper gives a good size for their work, although some feel a bit daunted by the size of the paper. Cut out their portrait tracing individual parts onto coloured card of their choice and transfer the parts onto their painting.
The rest is then adding lines, shapes and colours to embellish their artwork.