I start with an oval template and instruct the children to trace onto skin tone colored construction paper. Then, we trace the neck template and glue both onto a piece of 12″ x 18″ sheet of colored paper.
Once the “faces” are glued on (tip: use a glue stick not white glue), the children cut out oval shapes of white paper for the eyes.
Note: The combination of step 1 and 2 takes a full 30 minutes!
For the next class, we work on coloring in the eyes, adding eyelashes, nose and a mouth. Then we add the hair. I cut strings of yarn in different shades of black, brown, yellows and oranges. The kids paint on a mixture of glue and water (easier to control) and pat on their “hair”.
For the next class, the kids add decorations. With tempera paint, the children paint shirts, bows, flowers, etc. I give them a tin of buttons and if they wish, they glue buttons to their shirts.
This lesson took three, 30-minute class sessions, but I think it was worth it. The children were very proud!
For more detailed photo tutorials, templates, student handouts for this and other portrait lessons, check out Deep Space Sparkle’s “Fun With Portraits” PDF booklet. It is available for purchase in the shop.