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Painting Self Portraits

December 9, 2020 | Felicity Greene

For the last three weeks, the children of the Sky class have taken on the challenge of creating a self portrait in paint. However, this self portrait was different than the ones completed in drawing because the children were replicating their whole bodies!

Step one: create an outline of your body.  (Teacher help is needed for this step!)

The children were asked the question, What do you notice?


“I can see my hand.  I look like I’m waving!”                                                                      “I’m a person!”

“My feet are bigger.  They look like giant feet!”


Step two: add clothing.

After the children spent some time observing the outline of their bodies, it was time to notice the parts of themselves that would need to be added with paint such as clothes.  The children observed the clothing that they wore and tried to find colors that best represented their clothes. Because clothes cover most of the children’s bodies, this was the most time consuming part of the self portrait.

I wonder if you can guess what the children added next? Stay tuned to the next few steps in this challenge, as well as the finished result!

Felicity Greene

Teacher, Sky Class

Felicity Greene joined staff in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a minor in Children’s Literature and Childhood Studies. During her student teaching placement, Ms. Greene immediately felt at home in the classroom and is delighted to now be working at Mustard Seed among such a supportive and stimulating staff.

Excited to work at a school where she is free to incorporate her faith, Ms. Greene facilitates expression and exploration of faith with her students in the Sky class. She’s passionate about the role of literature in a child’s development and interested in development in general. She’s grateful to work at a school that pays such close attention to developmental markers in children, as she views developmental awareness to be a vital tool in teaching and caring for each child.

Ms. Greene is also delighted to be back in New Jersey where she grew up, able to be close to her childhood church community and family, especially now that she is newly an aunt. Along with her love of teaching, Ms. Green is passionate about baking as well as ice skating, in which she has competed in both individual and team competitions for more than twelve years. In addition to competing, Felicity also enjoyed coaching both children and adults with the Special Olympics Figure Skating Program in West Orange, New Jersey for several years.

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