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Fun with Portraits II Guidebook


This is my biggest PDF lesson plan booklet to date and is the result of over 5 years of portrait making. I’ve broken down the secrets of teaching a portrait lesson into THREE TECHNIQUES. Each technique is outlined in the guidebook and when combined with various mediums, makes portrait making easy and doable. Simply pick the technique that is best suited to your grade level, choose your favorite medium and start creating.

The guidebook includes a list of my favorite products (which happen to be basic and inexpensive), a list of my favorite books to read before the portrait lesson and lots of handouts to make the job easier for you.

Portrait making is the quintessential art project for children and is on every standards-based list. Eliminate the guess work of knowing what to expect from each grade level, what supplies are best and how manage the project for quick class turnover.

The 46-page Portrait Guidebook includes:

  • Art Supply List (that everyone can afford!)
  • THREE DSS-Proven How to Draw Portrait Techniques
  • How to Draw Hair for Girls-Handout
  • How to Draw Hair for Boys-Handout (curly and short hair included!)
  • Two Head Templates to make portrait making easy for developing artists
  • How to Draw a Face Guideline
  • Paint Prepping Strategies
  • How to “Draw” with Black paint
  • Crown Template
  • Crown Drawing Guide

The Nine Lessons are:

  • Oil Pastel Portrait
  • Liquid Tempera Paint Portrait
  • Chalk pastel Portrait
  • Mixed-Media Portrait
  • Emotion Portrait
  • Paint & Chalk Portrait
  • Fairy Tale Royals for Lower Grades
  • Kings & Queens for Upper Grades
  • Expressive Portraits featuring artist Fred Babb

Fun with Portraits...an inside look






  1. Wahooooo! This is the most amazing thing ever!!! Please make more themes in a complete package like this!!! Brilliant!!!


    October 17, 2013

  2. I already own your original Fun with Portraits PDF. I’m wondering how much overlap there will be in this new PDF? Can you approximate how much new material there is? I’ll probably get it anyway, even if only for the page about how to draw hair – that is the part that always stumps my 2nd graders!

    Michelle Gifford

    October 17, 2013

    • Hi Michelle,
      All the projects are new. There is an overlap with the oval templates and one how to draw a face handout, but that’s it. This guidebook talks about three basic portraits styles and the different mediums that you can do with them. Some portrait project you have seen on my blog but I included more detailed directions, more handouts and technique instructions.
      Hope this helps!

      Patty Palmer

      October 17, 2013

      • Thanks for your thorough and prompt reply. I will definitely add this product to my growing collection of DSS resources – it looks AMAZING! BTW, I just put up a new bulletin board of your Paul Klee cats that my students did, and I have received tons of compliments! Your ears should be burning, because I was just bragging about how much I love your resources. For a regular classroom teacher who has always avoided art for her own fear of failure, your lessons have been life-changing. Thank you!

        Michelle Gifford

        October 17, 2013

        • Wow.That’s a nice testimonial! Thanks Michelle!

          Patty Palmer

          October 17, 2013

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