This Minecraft art project makes a great STEAM lesson as you need to use your math skills to create a symmetrical drawing.
I recommend starting by centering the eyes and mouth are on the preprinted grid paper (see below), then drawing the body evenly around it.
Drawing a very symmetrical self portrait calls for lots of counting so that things on one side and the same size and placement as they are on the other. Luckily, most students are not even aware of all this math as their excitement as their focus is on drawing something they know a bit about — Minecraft.
DO YOU LIKE THIS PORTRAIT PROJECT?
There are many more like it in my “Draw Self Portraits” ebook in my PDF Shop. It’s a collection designed to show show students just how varied the world of self portraits can be.
You can find themes for: Paul Klee, Cubism, Statue of Liberty, Big Abstract Face, Hundertwasser, Doodling, Lego, Sunglasses, Modigliani, My Goals, Chuck Close, Half Portrait, Minecraft, Wanted Poster and Lichtenstein. Just click on the binder or title to learn more.
- PDF Grid Template and Sample Art (Click to download)
- Drawing paper, 9″ x 12″
- Black marker
- Crayons or pencil crayons
DIRECTIONS: After teaching this lesson to quite a few classes, I’d like to share these tips:
I found that it was much better for students to draw their faces inside out (first eyes, then mouth, then head) than it was to do the usual outside in (head, then eyes, mouth).
The size and centering of the eyes are important, so if they are drawn first, then everything else should fall in place. Here’s the process I recommended:
Step 1. Find the center vertical line (count boxes) and lightly trace over it to help make your face symmetrical. This is just a guide, and will be erased when finished. My printed paper was 9″ x 12″ with 1/2 inch squares.
Step 2. The eyes are drawn on either side of the center line. They should be at least 3 boxes wide so there can be white on either side of the color.
Step 3. The mouth is drawn below, still centered on the middle line.
Step 4. The side and bottom of the head are drawn around the eyes and mouth, leaving the top head open.
Step 5. The hairline is drawn, using either a straight line or stair steps to make an angle.
Step 6. The neck and body are drawn below the head, still centered on the middle line. Add details that stay on the grid lines. Neat tracing and coloring are needed to keep the Minecraft look. There’s no such thing as a scribbly pixel.