The hair for the self portraits is a three part process. To begin the children look at hair color samples (HAVE to love the thrift shop) and compare these to their own hair. Each sample has a numbered tab attached. It takes mere moments to find out that hair color is not a single color and that is the goal of this first part.
In the second part of the process, the children think about the texture of their hair and the different kind of paint tools (or fingers) that they could use to recreate their hair on a sheet of paper.
Later, when the paint has dried, the children cut their hair into strips, waves, bangs, swirls, and curls.
All that is left is to attach the hair to the body. It is the last step of the portrait.