Tag Archives: Self-Awareness

Who Are You? Self-Portraits with Words and Colorful Hair

Grade 5 art students created unique self-portraits with colorful hair comprised of descriptive words. The language of the hair served to showcase the personalities of each girl.

The project had 5 key steps:

1) Take a photograph of yourself.

2) Trace the photograph in Keynote. Delete the photograph and leave the tracing. Print out the traced image.

3) Use the technique of scale and proportion to create a grid on both the traced image and on the paper.

4) Create a contour line drawing using correct face proportions.

5) Add descriptive words about yourself to the hair.

Nurturing Self-Awareness in Grade 4

Grade 4 recently completed a special 8-week class called, My Body My Friend. The class was taught by Hamlin parent, Ginger Braun.

Ms. Braun shares more:

The purpose of My Body My Friend is to inspire girls to have a loving, nurturing, and supportive relationship with their body so they can experience self-love and self-confidence, thus igniting a foundation for full self-expression. This experience is created by using a multidisciplinary approach including mindfulness, yoga, coaching tools, journaling, art, and music.  We consciously placed this program right before the health and puberty unit so the girls can use this foundation of friendship to accept the many changes her body will go through, and navigate both personal and social situations with greater ease and self-awareness. 

For example, each girl has practiced using affirmations and learned ways in which our bodies listen to us and how we need to listen to our body.  We turned up the volume of the Inner BFF and turned the volume down super low for the Inner Critic in order to practice kindness. We explored the concept of “Acceptance” and what needs to be released in order to fully move into a place of unconditional love for oneself. 

Our girls really enjoyed the various activities and exercises involved with the class.