One of our favorite art projects that kids can try is making a portrait of themselves, a friend or a family member. Remind them often that their portrait does not need to be anything like a real photo. That’s the true fun of art. And if they decide to paint themselves blue? They might just have more artistic abilities and vision than you imagined.
To start, gather all needed supplies and choose a space to work. A kitchen or family room table is perfect.
What you Need:
- Drawing paper / canvas
- Pencil / eraser
- Black marker
- Colored pencils/ inks/watercolors/poster paints/markers
- Acrylic paints for canvas
The selection of pencils, paints or markers can vary depending on what you have on hand. The great thing about creating art is taht many artists use the materials available to them at the time. For example, if you don’t have paper on hand, use a piece of cardboard (one of my favorite things to paint on) or a discarded box from the kitchen. Paint the inside of the box. Fun, right?
What to Do:
- Begin by sketching with pencil. Draw on oval for the face, then add details such as the neck, ears and eyes. Draw lightly so you can erase as you go if necessary.
- Sketch in other details, such as eyebrows, nose and mouth. You can use our wonderful examples to show the kids or just let them draw as they envision the face.
- Paint in areas of face, hair etc. with pencils, markers or paints of choice. Add background colors and coloring for clothing is shown.
- Now, use a thin line permanent marker to outline the face and other details.
- If painting on canvas, you will obviously need a brush but sketching with pencil and finishing with marker for outlines will still work well. If desired, you can skip the outline if painting on canvas, as shown in the fun portrait below.