I started them out with a Thinking Map activity. This worked well as it helped them to brainstorm a lot of words for their picture. This is something that they referred to quite often as they worked.
Using a transparency (or "extra/leftover" pieces of laminating sheets from the library) and vis-a-vis, students outlined their image.
The outlined picture was placed on top of a white sheet of paper, then underneath their "final drawing paper". The white paper underneath the transparency helped it to be more visible, even though my tables aren't necessarily dark in color.
|If you look close, you can see the outlined picture underneath.|
She kept her photo nearby to help with the details, and more importantly, different areas of value.
|Work in progress|
|A good example of why you shouldn't fold your work...lol|