Monday, May 14, 2007

Classroom Portrait Gallery: Exhibits A, B, & C

Several months ago, a couple students finished their work early and then used the PaintPad program on the classroom computer to create a likeness of me, which I later incorporated into my daily powerpoint presentations. Other students grew inexplicably jealous of this fame and insisted they could out-paintpad the original portrait-makers.

Paintpad is a difficult medium to work in, but my kids have never let the difficulty of a task stand in their way of completing it -- unless, of course, that task involves doing actual work rather than wasting class time -- and they are nothing if not prolific. Thus I've acquired an extensive series of portraits. And because many of these portraits are amusing, I thought I'd share them and some commentary with you over the next few weeks.

Exhibit A:

What I don't like: Okay, A) I'm naked. B) although I often yell at them to sit down, I NEVER call my students fools.

What I do like: Excellent use of the exclamation point, plus my eyes are a really pretty shade of green.




Exhibit B:

What I don't like: At the time this was created I was neither single nor particularly inclined toward mingling. Additionally, I am not a big fan of the rectangle + boots look. Lastly, studying has never been my idea of a good time. Unless by “studying” you mean “drinking.”

What I do like: First portrait to incorporate my cat, who's featured in most of the subsequent portraits.


Exhibit C:

What I don't like: Um, what's going on with my shoulders? And where are my teeth?

What I do like: Like the Romans mimicking the Greeks, we're building on a previous theme here. More importantly, this was the exact outfit, right down to the bellbottoms, I was wearing on the day this was paintpadded. You may notice, however, that I'm not wearing any shoes. My kids explained this: it seems like I only wear shoes because I have to, so the portrait shows me without them in an effort to capture my essence.





Be sure to tune in next week for exhibits D, E, & F.

14 comments:

GETkristiLOVE said...

These are great. What's the >.< symbol on the last one???

BTW, has Luna met Assman?!

Megan said...

I believe those represent angry eyebrows in IM speak.

And no, but she's seen pictures and she thinks he looks pretty dreamy.

vikkitikkitavi said...

Excellent use of negative space in exhibit C. And the form really evokes a sense of movement!

p.s. I thought the >.< was supposed to represent your cat.

teri said...

your students really love you!

and in both of those pictures they are saying that you call them fools. huh!

Coaster Punchman said...

You should take these to a child psychologist for a professional opinion.

Damn Megan, why does almost every single post you write jog my memory and prompt me to write a related piece? You, Dale and Wonderturtle often share these honors. Whatever, at least it's a plug.

Dale said...

These children need you. At least to call them fools. Hilarious.

Grant Miller said...

My what big eyes you have.

Anon. Blogger said...

These are adorable! Thanks for sharing!!

Big Orange said...

hee! I used to make a pretty mean portrait w/Paint, though it took a LOOONG damned time, especially if you had to go back and redo the whole thing cuz you accidently did somoene green. These ain't none to bad, but to REALLY wow me, they need a background and some background colours...

Doc said...

Wow, and to think that all the pictures of my teachers that I scribbled in the margins of my notebooks had packs of wild dogs, hell fire, skulls, or at the very least, a hangman's noose. These kids must really like you!

Doc

Elizabeth said...

You should sign up with CafePress and have magnets made out of these pictures. They're awesome.

Frank Sirmarco said...

At least they didn't draw any stink lines. That would've been embarrassing...

Amy said...

The mustaches (or however it's spelled) on the transparencies are still my favorite.

Big Orange (a.k.a. "Uncle Moonpie") said...

Man, lookit all the dust bunnies in here...