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Half Portrait Tutorial

Looking for projects for self portraits for kids? This one follows the basic proportions of the face, and leaves some space for a creative name.

Portrait drawing for kids
A finished Half Portrait drawing
A preview of the step by step Half Portrait tutorial

If you’re tired of getting tiny drawings from your students, try this approach instead. It asks them to draw from the top to the bottom of their paper, and follow the rules of facial proportion in between.

They start by folding a sheet of paper three times to create creased guidelines, and use them for placement of the eye, nose and mouth. The remaining half is saved for their name.

This approach also happens to be a whole a lot less frustrating for those that obsess over making perfectly matching eyes, ears, etc. Try is for a back-to-school project as it will help everyone learn each other’s names, and doesn’t require fancy supplies or take a lot of time.

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  • Half Portrait PDF Tutorial (see above)
  • Drawing paper
  • Pencil
  • Black marker
  • Crayons


Time needed: 1 hour.

How to Draw a Half Portrait

  1. Fold to make guides. Start the head.

  2. Draw the neck.

  3. Add ear, nose and mouth.

  4. Plan eye with two dots.

  5. Draw the eye.

  6. Add eyebrow and hair.

  7. Draw the name in stick letters.

  8. Outline letters.

  9. Trace and color.

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