Drawing faces accurately is a difficult skill to master, but it is possible with practice. Elementary students learn how to draw faces best when they can follow along with an easy-to-see drawing tutorial. The Close-up Faces PowerPoint demonstrates how students can use proportions and value to create a fairly realistic looking portrait in only two class periods. By using this PowerPoint presentation instead of doing a live demonstration, you will have more time to interact with your students and provided necessary feedback. You will also save hours of planning time! In addition to drawing the face, there are four different demonstrations for finishing the head including: short hair, wavy hair, braids, and how to draw a veil/hijab.
This downloadable zip file includes a 2 page PDF lesson plan and a 195 slide PowerPoint demonstration tutorial. The demonstration is extremely detailed and includes text and photographs. Because the demonstration includes all the steps, this lesson can be taught by non-art teachers or substitute teachers. This art project is perfect for regular classroom use if you need students to illustrate a face.
Anchor Standard: 2. Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
Lesson Objective: Students will be able to utilize proportion.
Lesson Activity: Students will make a drawing of a face.
Materials: “Close-Up Portraits” PowerPoint, 9x12” drawing paper, paper to cover the tables, pencils, erasers, and blending stumps
Time: 2 classes