NEW YORK — To help educators and school media specialists promote community-building and creativity as students come back to school, StickTogether Products is launching its Back-to-School Pixel Portrait Project. This free activity allows students to create self-portraits using StickTogether’s free Pixel Art Platform and then display them in their classrooms, around their school, or at home.
“The Back-to-School Pixel Portrait Project provides a great, tech-enabled way for students of any age to showcase their individuality and uniqueness,” said Sylvia Stein, president of StickTogether Products. “Whether using it as a fun way for students to introduce themselves to their class or as a lead-in to a new lesson or unit, this activity will get students engaged and thinking creatively to kick off the school year. Plus, showcasing all the portraits together makes for a stunning display in any classroom or school hallway.”
To complete their portraits, students simply access the StickTogether Pixel Art Platform, create their portrait using their choice of 17 different colors on a 320-box grid, and then save their creation directly to their teacher’s or librarian’s dashboard. From there, the artwork can be printed or shared electronically. In addition to the artwork, a coded worksheet is also saved so students can ‘sticker’ their portraits. Educators can purchase Pixel Art Class Packs which include a color key and matching colored stickers.
“Being a teacher librarian, I love to empower students to use their creativity to express themselves while collaborating and connecting to others,” said Shannon McClintock Miller, district teacher librarian and director of innovation of instructional technology at Van Meter School in Iowa. “With the pixel portraits, it is so fun to see how each student’s image is so different and unique. My students love creating these themselves.”
To learn more about StickTogether’s Pixel Art, visit https://letsticktogether.com/pages/pixelart.
About StickTogether Products
StickTogether Products was first presented at MakerFaireNY 2015 with the sole purpose of engaging the maker community through the power of making by solving simple puzzles together. Today, the company’s hands-on and digital group activities provide a collaborative, community-building activity for librarians, teachers, media specialists, counselors, and students alike. To learn more about StickTogether Products, visit https://letsticktogether.com/.