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Easy How to Draw Self Portraits for Kids Tutorial Video

Below you’ll find an easy step-by-step tutorial for how to draw Self Portraits for Kids Tutorial Video. Drawing half a face leaves lots of room to get creative with a name on the side.

A drawing of a self portrait, made with the help of an easy step by step tutorial.
A finished Half Portrait drawing

Draw a Self Portrait Tutorial Video

If you would like to have your students practice drawing faces, and you’re tired of seeing them draw really small, this self portraits for kids project may be just what you are looking for. It instructs them to draw from the top to the bottom of their paper, and practice their facial proportions while creating their own self portrait.

Self portraits are great projects for students of all ages as they give them a unique chance to express themselves. And the more they learn about the fundamentals of drawing faces, the more freedom they will have in drawing their own.

Student Inspiration

Self portraits drawn by elementary students
Student sample art

Using Drawing Guides

The best way to get students off to a good start to any drawing is to give them a few guides to follow. Does that mean printing or drawing them first? Nope. The easiest way to get some quick guides is to just fold the paper so the creases can tell them where to start and stop their lines. All of the tutorials on this website have at least one horizontal and vertical dashed line to refer to, and they make quick and easy reference points that actually disappear as the art is colored in.

This project in particular has lots of shapes that fall right on those lines, so there’s very little guesswork involved. The chin should fall on the bottom line, the nose on the middle, and the eyes on the top horizontal line. To get those extra horizontal lines for this project, just fold the paper one extra time in the short direction. Be sure to make a nice crease before opening so it’s easy to see where to draw.

Why Make a Half Portrait with your Students?

Many students tend to obsess over making perfectly matching eyes, ears, etc. when they draw anyone’s face, especially their own. By drawing just half the face, they can concentrate on only one eye, and half the nose, and so one. It also takes a whole lot less time to draw half of a face, so they are free to make their name extra fancy, if desired.

This Half Portrait makes for a great 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. Just imagine how great your classroom will look with lots of colorful faces up on display. Lots of teachers have shared their happy results with this project every year. It’s a keeper, as they say.

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    Self Portrait Coloring Page

    Self Portrait Coloring page, also available as a free download.

    Materials for the Self Portrait Project

    • Drawing Paper. This is the good stuff you can buy in bulk for a good price.
    • Pencils. Don’t waste your money on the cheapest brand. These make nice dark lines.
    • Black Marker. A permanent marker will give you a nice dark black color.
    • Crayons. I like this non-toxic brand that is made from beeswax, not petroleum by-products.
    • Note: All of the above are Amazon affiliate links.

    Directions for a Self Portrait Project

    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.

    Reader Inspiration

    A Half Portrait Quilt by Cindy

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