Children’s self-portraits

self portrait

Following on from our faces book, how about trying to draw self-portraits?

Drawing Self- Portraits

Sit your child in front of a mirror to let them have a really good look at themselves. With young children you can name the different parts of their face and have them pull funny faces. Encourage older children to look in much more detail – at the colours in their iris and the different shades in their hair. Is their face really a circle shape? Are both sides perfectly symmetrical? Do they look like someone else in the family?

Then get creating. You can draw with just one colour, or paint, or even make a collage with wool for hair. Younger children are likely to produce very simple portraits – but, having had a good look at eyebrows and eyelashes in the mirror, they may surprise you by adding in some new details to their picture.

It’s always good to lead the way and show how adults can be crafty too – so why not have a go at your own portrait alongside them?

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  1. says

    Fab idea!! I cant wait until Oli starts drawing pictures of himself and of me! :) He has just drawed all over his legs with a biro he found so I suppose he got involved by drawing on himself! ;o)

  2. says

    This is fabulous! I can’t wait for Red Ted to start drawing “real things” more. Though he did a “rather good” father christmas recently… wil have to see if i can persuade him to do himself!


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