Oil Pastel & Watercolour- Selfies

rough sketch of self portrait pastel outline finished product

In this little art project we did, we went by steps to get our final product. Although its not about the final product, we gained an insight on how it is important to complete certain projects in stages. We started off by using our non-dominate hand. This allowed us to not stick to what we think, and let go of our assumed judgements, thus setting us free of our conventional thinking of ourselves. Going through the stages aloud us to reflect on ourselves, especially in the first step. Then we got the chance to also experience how important process is because we had the opportunity to think of the task at hand rather than how we would want our final product to look. We were eventually able to develop a self expression portrait of ourselves that look like us but had qualities that expressed our personalities. We used the power of colour to shout out who we are in the portraits. Colour in itself has emotions and aesthetic feel towards it, it is subjective and everyone will have different interpretations. Although, socially we attach a social meaning to colour such as red equals anger.


When creating a portrait we are mirroring our image onto paper, as humans we are symmetrical. To be symmetrical it would mean that there is balance and both sides add up to being equal, which can be seen in our self-portraits. One side of our face practically resembles the other side, not perfectly though. If we were to cut the image in half, and examine each side, we can conclude that each side are harmonically the same weight.


Through stages we were able to experiment with each median, becoming familiar with it. Oil pastel went across the water paint paper rigidly giving a texture feel and so we decided to use water paint to conceal all white parts of the portrait. During that step, we experienced how the oil pastel met resistance when encountering water paint. The colour stayed in tact, and all the white disappeared as the water paint touched it. We used watercolour to cover the white space which gave a sense of completion since empty areas were no longer present.


It is important for educators to make connections to elements of art because they teach young children who are all creative and have fluid minds that are very abstract. Different elements of art and styles of art will allow children to expand on their knowledge and intrigue their curiosity as they grow and develop there understanding of the world.



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