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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
Sunglasses Portrait Drawing

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.)

Preview of the Step by Step Tutorial

self portrait ideas for elementary students


  • Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase. Buying the pre-sharpened ones will save busy teachers a lot of time.
  • Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.
  • Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent markers make nice black lines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables.
  • Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have unless you buy their larger boxes.
  • Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors that seem a bit richer and warmer than the ones Prang has.


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.

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