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Self Portrait with Sunglasses

This is one of my favorite self portrait ideas for elementary students, which forces students to work larger than they normally would.

self portrait ideas for elementary students

self portrait ideas for elementary students

After sketching themselves around a pre-printed set of glasses, students can fill with images that they saw on a school trip or even just a long weekend. There are lots and lots of possibilities.


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.


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  1. PREP: Print a dashed line glass template for each student. If using 9” x 12” paper, increase size 110%.
  2. Trace the glasses and then draw your face according to the tutorial.
  3. Trace the drawing with a marker.
  4. Color the drawing with crayons or markers.

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