Self Portrait Directed Drawing Art Project

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Howywood Kindergarten
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54 drawing paper options, 40 instructional slides
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Looking for an AMAZING art project that's awesome for the beginning or end of the school year, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, or just for fun anytime!? These self-portraits are an "instant classic" and "all-time favorite" that 15,000+ teachers have LOVED using in their classrooms year-after-year ...and now you can, too!



This is NOT your "typical" directed drawing project... it's SO MUCH MORE.

Your purchase includes 2 files:

✅ A set of 36 different, zero-prep "perfect start" paper options that get everyone started on the right track (options listed below- choose the one that works best for you!) and...

✅ Detailed, kid-friendly instructions that make it simple & stress-free to teach and create! You get a gorgeous, full color PDF show that guides everyone step-by-step through the drawing process: detailed photos, clear explanations worded in ways that kids understand, helpful tips, do's and don'ts, reassurance for artists, and loads of creative variations all YOU have to do is scroll through this show, and read it to your students one page at a time.

Your students will be AMAZED and so PROUD of what they are capable of drawing! And honestly, they should be because so many teachers and parents tell me this is literally one of THE BEST things their kids have ever drawn.

WHAT AGES IS THIS APPROPRIATE FOR? I teach Kindergarten, so I can assure you this project is not too hard for 4-5 year olds... and it works so well for all ages! My whole elementary school uses it K-6 and teachers hang them up to display in the classroom year-round. They're delightful to see as I walk by my friend's rooms.

Many teachers use this project SEVERAL times per year for different occasions: start of the year, mid-year conferences, and Mother's Day are my personal favorites.

UPDATED: Now includes even more diverse hair options & head coverings (which you can easily skip over if it doesn't apply to your class)


There are 22 papers for a single face.

One is blank (perfect for adding children's names or ??? or just having more room) and the others say these words at the top:


✅Pre-Schooler or Pre-School

✅Transitional Kindergartener or Transitional Kindergarten

✅Kindergartener or Kindergarten

✅1st Grader or 1st Grade

✅2nd Grader or 2nd Grade

✅3rd Grader or 3rd Grade

✅4th Grader or 4th Grade

✅5th Grader or 5th Grade

✅6th Grader or 6th Grade



There are 14 options that include 2 faces... an adult and child sized (You could use this for Mother's Day, etc). Each page includes several font options so you can choose to use the one you like best.

One is blank and the others say:


✅I love you, Mom.

✅I love you, Dad.

✅I love you!

✅Happy Mother's Day!

✅Happy Father's Day!

✅I love, you, Papa!

✅I love you, Mimi!

✅I love you, Nana!

✅I love you, Grandma!

✅I love you, Grandpa!


✅I'm thankful for you!

Also available: NEW! Mother's Day Directed Drawing

Q: What's the difference between the Self Portrait and the Mother's Day Projects?

A: They're VERY SIMILAR. The Mother's Day project includes a few more paper options and more slides designed to specifically walk students through the process of drawing TWO faces, rather than just one. You can definitely lead them to draw two faces with this self portrait project (just go through the directions for one face and then go through them again to draw another face), but the Mother's Day one is even easier and more specific. I hope that helps! :)



Happy teachers are saying:

❤️"This is seriously one of the most amazing directed drawing files I have ever purchased. I teach pre-k and I was nervous about starting this project, however the directions and examples made this project go off without a hitch. I HIGHLY recommend buying this today!"

❤️"This was so much fun! We did this the first week of school and then I laminated them and they’ve been hanging up in the room ever since. They truly helped build our classroom community! Love all the ‘details!'"

❤️"I was amazed at how these turned out! I love how directed drawings still turn out so individualized. Such a great confidence booster for the kids!"

❤️"This was a fantastic activity. My 2nd graders did such an amazing job with their self portraits. My art teacher even commented on how impressed she was and asked what I used to help them create it! Well done!"

❤️"I was hesitant to purchase this because of the price...but it is worth every penny. I tried to have my students draw a self portrait on the first day of school...disaster. Comparing those portraits to the ones created after following this directed drawing outline is like night and day. DEFINITELY worth the money."

❤️"I used this for 3rd-5th grade and my students loved all the examples that they could look at to help them in their drawing. They used realistic colors and really took their time in their drawings. I would recommend this to any teacher for any K-5 class!"



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LICENSING NOTE: This resource is licensed for a single teacher who teaches a typical one class per school year. If your class goes online, you are more than welcome to use this over a secure site with your class. Due to clip artist's terms of use and my terms of use, you may NOT use this resource to make profit as part of classes on sites such as OutSchool, Udemy, Open Tent Academy, or anything similar. Basically, if you're using this resource to SELL something, it's NOT allowed. If you have any questions, please ask. Thank you! :)

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