Why do kids often draw self-portraits that don’t look like them? Says art teacher Libya Doman, kids internalize messages early on “that thin bodies are to be celebrated... that straight hair is the norm” and that “white is right.”
What can teachers do to help their students, especially BIPOC kids, draw themselves, and others, more authentically? Doman offers several practical strategies for helping kids “slow down the looking,” so they can see and draw differences. She also stresses the importance of stocking inclusive art supplies.