I teach an Advanced Art International Baccalaureate 1-2 class. The class consists primarily of juniors, though I do have 2 seniors. The students just got their sketchbooks last week and their first assignment was to do a self-portrait using graphite pencil on the very first page. Because I do the assignments with them, and it is due on Monday, I just spent a couple of hours drawing my self-portrait. I had them start their book this way for a couple of reasons: first, it serves as a record of who they are as they begin this sketchbook and second, it shows their skill level at the start of the school year. All of my sketchbooks are begun with a self-portrait and I enjoy going back to see how I have visually changed over the years.

8-18-12, Self-Portrait, graphite pencil in sketchbook


Recent Self-Portraits

As an art teacher, I always create an artwork as I demonstrate to my students the techniques and processes they need to learn. Both of these self-portraits are the results of recent projects.

Vector Style Self-Portrait

11″ x 14″, “Oh Dear!”, acrylic on paper

Expressionist Self-Portrait

14″ x 17″, “I Will Think About It”, India ink on Bristol board