Legos and Self Portraits
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I have used this as a first project of the year quite often the template helps all skill levels get off to a good start, and still has lots of room for … Read More

Half Portrait
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Every fall I look for a new twist on a self-portrait project to start the school year. MATERIALS Half Portrait Tutorial (see below) Drawing paper Pencil Black marker Crayons   DIRECTIONS Fold … Read More

Half Portrait Tutorial
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Every fall I look for a new twist on a self-portrait project to start the school year. I like this one as the fold line guides will force them to fill their … Read More

Giant Chalk Self Portrait
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The idea of coloring with chalk over dried glue lines is not new to me, but trying it out on really large paper was. I loved how it let students draw with … Read More

Giant Chalk Self Portrait
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The idea of coloring with chalk over dried glue lines is not new to me, but trying it out on really large paper was. I loved how it let students draw with … Read More

Modigliani Self Portrait Tutorial
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I’ve made a Modigliani self portrait tutorial in hopes that it encourages more to try it out. Something about the distortion frees students up from getting overly fussy with their drawing, and … Read More

Pop Art Portraits
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Andy Warhol’s repetitive style is fun to duplicate and the perfect example for students to create their own repetitive drawings. MATERIALS • Laser prints of famous people • Acetate • Sharpie markers, … Read More

Big Eyes Self Portrait
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You may be familiar with the story of Margaret Keane as told in the 2014 movie “Big Eyes”, but did you know these other interesting facts? • Margaret painted children with over-sized … Read More

Portraits on Canvas
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This is my go-to project for art fundraisers. I’ve shared finished canvases before, but never a full tutorial, so here you go! The process is pretty simple once you understand it, and … Read More

Summer Self Portrait
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My 3rd and 4th graders are finishing their year long art journal books with summer self portraits. They are drawing themselves with reflections of what they will be seeing this summer. This … Read More

Self Portraits, Modigliani Style
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This Modigliani self portrait project seems to work surprisingly well every time I try it. Something about the distortion frees students up from getting overly fussy, and thick pastels are the perfect … Read More

Writing Portraits
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I found an amazing artist and illustrator, Nate Williams, who has a very childlike style that I think students will really relate to. (Check out the video on the Picture Book page … Read More

Creative Writing Portraits
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I found an amazing artist and illustrator, Nate Williams, who has a very childlike style that I think students will really relate to. (Check out the video on the Picture Book page … Read More

Abstract Self Portrait
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Here is an adaptation of my popular Abstract Face project for older students. It still has simple features that fill the face, but allows for some personalization with hair and shoulders, etc. … Read More

Draw an Abstract Self Portrait
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Here is an adaptation of my popular Abstract Face project for older students. It still has simple features that fill the face, but allows for some personalization with hair and shoulders, etc. … Read More

Mona Lisa Coffee Filter Portrait
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It’s possible to make really brilliantly colored paintings without expensive watercolor paper. Start with liquid watercolor paints, and paint on coffee filters, which hold the color amazingly well. 1. Print out one … Read More

Statue of Liberty Portrait
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I created this How to Draw the Statue of Liberty tutorial for kinders, who study US symbols in the spring of each year. Lady Liberty’s body and clothes would be pretty complex … Read More

Lego Self Portrait
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The first art class of the year is often more of an intro to things, but I still like to offer a project that is creative and easy to finish. My plan … Read More

Sharpie Portraits on Canvas
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This is my go-to project for art fundraisers. I’ve shared finished canvases before, but never a full tutorial, so here you go! The process is pretty simple once you understand it, and … Read More

Stick Portrait
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This makes a great first art project for school – the stick bodies are easy to draw and the coloring is just for fun. Plus, it’s not messy. Plenty of time for … Read More

Cubism Portrait
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Simply said, cubism involves looking at something from more than one point of view. Here’s a way to draw a face that takes that idea pretty literally. One side is a front … Read More

Giant Chalk Pastel Portraits
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The idea of coloring with chalk over dried glue lines is not new to me, but trying it out on really large paper was. I loved how it let students draw with … Read More

Lego Self Portrait
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The first art class of the year is often more of an intro to things, but I still like to offer a project that is creative and easy to finish. My plan … Read More

Me and My Goals Self-Portrait
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The beginning of a school year is a good time to declare goals. This project, inspired by a New Jersey middle school posting, allows students to draw themselves with just a focus on … Read More

Rizzi Style Portrait
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An American pop artist, James Rizzi, who achieved fame for his childlike style, vibrant colors and zany imagery. He accumulated quite a body of work over his lifetime, from album covers to airplane … Read More

Self Portrait
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I like art projects that combine drawing and writing. This is a chance for students to write about their summer, and draw themselves for their first art class. MATERIALS Multimedia paper, 12″ … Read More

Picasso Blue Portrait
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Picasso’s Blue Period paintings are great for seeing the emotional power of color. This project also asks students to draw themselves looking down and off the page to increase the forlorn look … Read More

Back to School Stick Portrait
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This makes a great first art project for school – the stick bodies are easy to draw and the coloring is just for fun. Plus, it’s not messy. Plenty of time for … Read More

Hundertwasser Style Portrait
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Here’s project that asks students to see themselves in a very abstract way, and creates a colorful display most teachers appreciate for their classrooms. Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser had an amazing life, … Read More

Line Art Portrait eBook
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My Line Art Portrait eBook allows students to complete a painted portrait with just black and white lines. It also gives students a different approach to drawing practice, and is a great … Read More

Fauve Portraits
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The primary mission of Fauve artists in the late 1800’s was to work with vibrant and unnatural color. Van Gogh, Gauguin and other artists wanted their art to be new and modern, … Read More

Close Up Portrait
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One way to simplify portrait drawing is to start with a large U instead of an oval. 1. Start with a square drawing paper. With a pencil, follow the steps shown in … Read More

Hundertwasser Portrait Tutorial
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I started the school year with this project a few years ago and really liked the results. The funny Hundertwasser style eyes made it fun for the kids and the teachers loved … Read More

Back to School Self Portrait
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I like art projects that combine drawing and writing. This is a chance for students to write about their summer, and draw themselves for their first art class. MATERIALS Multimedia paper, 12″ … Read More

Back to School Half Portrait
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Every fall I look for a new twist on a self-portrait project to start the school year. I like this one as the fold line guides will force them to fill their … Read More

Andy Warhol Portraits
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Andy Warhol’s repetitive style is fun to duplicate and the perfect example for students to create their own repetitive drawings using Sharpies on acetate. 1. Review some of Andy Warhol’s portraits of … Read More

Maasai Portrait
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The Maasai are a group of semi-nomadic people located in Kenya and Tanzania. They are among the best known of African ethnic groups, due to their very colorful customs. One way to … Read More

Chuck Close Self Portrait by Leo
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Chuck Close is an American painter and photographer who first achieved fame as a photorealist. This project, which imitates his style, takes a bit of planning, but the results can be amazing. … Read More

Frida Kahlo Portrait
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Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter, who is best known for her self-portraits.  1. I like to use black card stock paper from Michaels instead of construction paper, which often looks more gray … Read More

Marker on Sticks Portrait
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I made this childhood portrait of my sister awhile back, using Sharpie markers on dry wax paper, adhered to popsicle sticks with watery glue. I’m really posting it now though as an … Read More

Modigliani Style Portrait
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  I’ve made a Modigliani self portrait tutorial in hopes that it encourages more to try it out. Something about the distortion frees students up from getting overly fussy with their drawing, … Read More

Lichtenstein Style Portraits
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Roy Lichtenstein was a prominent American pop artist who favored old fashioned comic strips as a subject matter. By using a pre-printed paper full of empty dots, you can make your own … Read More

Portraits on Cardboard
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How cool would it be to have an entire wall full of colorful portraits drawn on old pieces of cardboard? A group collage project from last year has me thinking about other … Read More

Back to School Portrait, Rizzi Style
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An American pop artist, James Rizzi, who achieved fame for his childlike style, vibrant colors and zany imagery. He accumulated quite a body of work over his lifetime, from album covers to airplane … Read More

Masking Tape Portrait
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This is another way of getting lots of irregular torn edges, without the fuss of gluing them down. I used blue painter’s tape to make this portrait on a piece of colored … Read More

Wild Side/Calm Side Self Portraits
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This lesson starts with a discussion about how lines and colors can show emotion. A great book to read first is “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” which shows a lot … Read More

Oversized Chalk Self-Portraits
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The idea of coloring with chalk over dried glue lines is not new to me, but trying it out on really large paper was. I loved how it let students draw with … Read More

Doodle Summer Self Portrait
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I like to have my first art project of the year somehow acknowledge all that has happened over the summer. I’m going to try a doodle self-portrait and ask students to tell … Read More

Chuck Close Portraits with Squares
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This project is inspired by the amazing art of Chuck Close. He added grids to portraiture to create some very stunning artwork. MATERIALS • Headshot photos, scaled and laser printed to on … Read More

Kinder Self Portraits on Canvas
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Here’s my favorite way to make canvas art for fundraisers. This is a composite of 125 kinder self-portraits, all done with permanent markers on dry wax paper. It went up for sale … Read More

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