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Draw a Portrait with Sunglasses

This is one of my favorite self portrait ideas for elementary students, which helps them draw a face a face that fills the paper.

self portrait ideas for elementary students
self portrait ideas for elementary students

Students can get some practice drawing faces with the right proportion by starting with a glasses template, which is included on page 2 of the download.

Be sure to point out to them that the face needs to look smaller than the rims, and not larger. In other words, the temples should not be seen, otherwise it will look like they just don’t fit very well. Students that start by drawing one complete oval all the way around the glasses will have what I used to call a “Charlie Brown” head, and it will look out of proportion until they correct it. (Spoken from experience.)

MATERIALS

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DIRECTIONS

Time needed: 1 hour.

How to Draw a Glasses Portrait

  1. Print the template on page 2 and trace.

  2. Draw the bottom curve of the face.

  3. Add the top hair. Adjust as needed for other styles.

  4. Draw the neck and shoulders.

  5. Add a neckline as desired.

  6. If longer hair is needed, add it in front or behind the shoulders.

  7. Draw a nose and mouth.

  8. Draw things inside the glasses.

  9. Trace with a marker and color.

self portrait ideas for elementary students

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