Home Anna Esteban, Llicència d'estudis a St Helens, 2005-06
1. Portraits and Proportions


Draw  portraits
Line, shape, tone, colour and texture
To develop the ability to use different qualities of line to express throughout feelings.

Drawing pencils, soft graphite pencils, (2B-4B), charcoal,
coloured pencils,
wax crayons
Chalk pastels, including white and black,
art paper

Artist Portraits
Students portraits


Book:  Art 4, Step by Step
Webs: Maddison Middle School
           Fine print on canvas

Talk about
The difference between a portraits and self-portraits.

Looking carefully at the proportions of a head: The face if is oval, symmetrical, The eyes are in the centre and the nose in half way between the eyes and the chin. The mouth is half-way between nose and chin. The top of the ears are level with the eyes and the bottom level with the base of the nose.

Look at portraits of other artists and children portraits to see if they have used the pointers

Draw several ovals, eyes, mouth, noses.

Cut eyes, mouth, noses from magazines and place them in a correct position and draw additional features to complete each portrait.

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Trace the shape of their face with your finger only on the piece of paper to see if it will fit.

Lightly sketch in the shape of the head, the neck and the shoulders. Then sketch the eyes, nose, mouth...carefully placing them in the right position.

Now you are ready to add detail by looking for shadows, lines, curves and texture.

They may want to experiment with shading, lining using colours. List the colours you will need before starting.


Developing the idea

  • Try working with a mirror in front of you and draw a self portrait.
  • Draw a portrait of a friend.
  • Draw a portrait from observation but use the style of another artist, i.e. Van Gogh, Picasso....
  • Why not try to work with emotion.

Vocabulary and language
Portrait, Self Portrait
Parts of the face
Descriptive expressions: happy, sad, upset..
Shapes: long, oval, curvy
Colour: bright, dull, light, dark
Line: thin, feint, wavy, broken.

Textures: smooth, rough
Composition: figure, pose, expression, gesture, character.


- To review what they and the others have done and say what they think and feel about it, using descriptive vocabulary.
- To identify what they might change in the current work or develop in future work.
- To feedback Why they like a particular picture, the hair, glasses, if it looks as him/her, smile, darks and lights...
- From the artists portraits, how different
are ones from others.