Miner 49er Self Portraits

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Our fourth grade students just went on a field trip to Rendezvous in Poway It is a yearly event where they have living history encampments showing how people lived and worked during the the civil war era and around California’s turn of the 20th century.

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For this lesson, I showed the students my collection of tin types and ambrotypes.

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I also showed them some information about the Gold Rush and talked about the tools miners used to find gold.

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They then created a self portrait in colored pencil. They created a rounded or decorative edge on the paper and mounted it to black then embellished with metallic paints.

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