Miner 49er Self Portraits



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.



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


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


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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