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My Goals Self Portrait Template: Back to School Goal Setting Project for Elementary


Goals Drawing

Draw My Goals Self Portrait Art Project, made with the help of an easy step by step tutorial.

Why Draw a Goal Self Portrait?

This popular back to school art project does double duty as it offers a mix of drawing and writing practice, and can help students start to think of long term goals they want to achieve too. It’s never too early to think about what is important to them, and write it down, even if only in the form of a very basic list. As an art project, this lesson focuses just on the top of the student’s face, and offers a little extra advice for how to draw symmetrical eyes. They tend to be what kids struggle with the most anyway, so it’s time well spent.

Preview of the Goals Self Portrait template

Please note that my PDF tutorial does include a template with school paper lines on it to print, if you wish. Glueing actual lined paper onto drawing paper is an option too, I just needed to make a template to help work with hundreds of students. It gave them more time to just draw, and eliminated the need for scissors and glue too.

Lastly, if a line drawing is of help, students can have a full size view of my sample drawing, I’ve added one below and have labeled it a Coloring Page. Use it as you wish, it’s just one more tool to support everyone in getting their best results.

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My Goals Coloring Page

Goal Self Portrait Coloring page, available as a free PDF.

Materials for Goals Art Project

Note: This post contains affiliate links.

  • Drawing Paper. Don’t substitute it with copy paper or construction paper. The surface will get fuzzy, erasing might cause holes, and the colors will generally not look as bright. *affiliate link
  • Stabilo Markers. The large pack provides lots of fun color choices, several shades of each color, including a few choices for skin. The tips are perfect for coloring, and there’s even a promise that they will work after being uncapped for 8 weeks! *affiliate link
  • Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase. *affiliate link
  • Black Sharpie Marker. Great for making a crisp outline to your drawing. Use them when you want your outline show up, but not be so heavy that it detracts from other things. *affiliate link

Step by Step Directions

Time needed: 1 hour

My Goals Self Portrait in Nine Easy Steps

  1. Print the template. Start the head.

  2. Plan the eyes first with four dots.

  3. Connect the dots to draw the eyes.

  4. Add the inside eye circles.

  5. Finish with eyelashes and lids.

  6. Draw tops of ears. Draw your own hairline.

  7. Add eyebrows and add volume to your hair.

  8. Draw fingers right over the paper.

  9. Write goals, trace and color.

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  1. Hi, the link should work now. Please let me know if you have any trouble as I am always happy to email files too.

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