Many students across our country are creating self-portraits as they begin the school year. Our imaginative art teacher introduced Birches students to the work of Amedeo Modigliani and suggested that they create their self-portraits this year with Modigliani in mind. Modigliani is known for portraits characterized by elongated necks and faces. Students noticed that his artwork is not realistic: His subjects look as if they have been stretched like taffy. First, the students used mirrors to study their own faces, skin color, and hair. Then they used pencil to outline the portraits. Last, they used blended pastels to bring color to their artwork.