A few years ago a parent gave me 2 cases of jewelry boxes. They have sat for years until I got an idea from another teacher, Lois, in our district.
We turned the boxes into a sort of self portrait shrine. I made a Power Point showing and discussing types of self portrait sculptures large and small, varieties of materials, and if it even needs to look like ourselves.
I printed out instructions and also drew instructions for differentiation of students. Model Magic sculpted for the heads and hands. Watercolor used to paint the box, inside and out to show their personalities.. Found items of their choosing and a school photo inside the box. Chenille stem arms, wine cork legs. These will be saved for their end of the year celebrations, and the art show of course.