When I student taught I used a lesson my mentor teacher had in her bag of tricks for a 6th grade project. It was a fun project, so I thought I would use it this year with my 6th grade.
This self-portrait project has a fun twist. The first week of this project, I had my students do a step-by-step drawing of a face using correct proportions. This led into what we would be doing the next week so they could come in and jump right into the step-by-step again. The students did a half and half drawing of themselves and the monster within themselves. We discussed monster qualities and I also allowed the students to add in animal characteristics. I stressed the importance of making the realistic half as close to them as possible, considering eye color, hair length, etc. I had students color with colored pencils.
My theme for our school art show coming up in May is "Wild about Art" and I thought this could fit in even though it is not as literal as animals.