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Self Portrait Drawing for Kids

I found a simple aid in assisting self portrait drawing for kids. Start them with a circle template for their head and the rest of the body is more likely to fall in place.

These drawings were made for an art fundraiser, and I love how they all turned out. Colorful, creative and unique.


  • Watercolor paper
  • 2″ Circle template
  • Black Sharpie marker
  • Crayons
  • Liquid watercolor paint



  • Students use the template to make a circle near the top of their paper.
  • Instruct the students to draw a neck below, then a body, arms and legs. Arms and legs must have two sides, no stick people. The name is added above or below the drawing, where ever there is more space.
  • The drawings are traced with a black Sharpie marker.
  • Students color in their drawings with crayons, pressing hard to make solid colors.
  • Liquid watercolor paints are used to paint in the background – one color only to keep things simple (unless you want grass and sky like Nikolas did.

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