Art and Design KS1 / KS2: How to draw a lifelike self-portrait or portrait

Using a mirror and a limited range of drawing materials, artist Emma Majury demonstrates the technique of drawing a self-portrait.

She applies different drawing materials and techniques to create an image which is in proportion and enhances it with shades, tones and an awareness of how light and shadow affects the subject.

She suggests ways children could develop their technique with other drawing projects.

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Teacher Notes

The pupils could do a close observational drawing.

Such as self-portraits using safe mirrors.

Portraits to create a collaborative display, crowd scene or year group image.

They could then make a greetings board or welcome display in entrance areas.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is suitable for teaching Art and Design at KS1 and KS2 in England, Foundation and KS2 in Wales, Foundation KS1 and KS2 in Northern Ireland and Early and 1st Level, 2nd Level in Scotland.

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