Guidance and Resources to Support Teaching and Learning Remotely

Self-Portraits

Part of the Projects at Home Collection

Create a self-portrait in pencil, pen, marker, colored-pencil, or paint, using a mirror or photograph as your model.

To get started with this project, check out these models:

Tips:

  1. You can create a self-portrait with many different materials, such as pencil, colored pencil, marker, pastel, paint, and clay. 
  2. You can use a mirror or a photograph as your model.
  3. Before you focus on details, work carefully on the shape of your head and the placement of your eyes, nose, and mouth. Sketch those lightly in pencil, so you can adjust them. Look closely at your face or photograph. Our eyes, for example, are usually about halfway between the top of our head and the bottom of our chin. We usually think of them as much higher up than that.
  4. Once you are satisfied that you have the head shape and placement of your facial features where you want them, then be sure to add all the careful details you can, especially focused on your eyes.  

Working on Projects at Home is different than working in school. 
We do not give you lessons or directions.
We give you models of each project to look at carefully, and then you decide how to adopt the project for your interests, skills, materials, time, and any new ideas you have.
Your project does not have to look like the models—it can be inspired by the models.
If you are proud of what you created, we encourage you to share it online with the hashtag:  #ProjectsAtHome.

Create a self-portrait in pencil, pen, marker, colored-pencil, or paint, using a mirror or photograph as your model.

To get started with this project, check out these models:

Tips:

  1. You can create a self-portrait with many different materials, such as pencil, colored pencil, marker, pastel, paint, and clay. 
  2. You can use a mirror or a photograph as your model.
  3. Before you focus on details, work carefully on the shape of your head and the placement of your eyes, nose, and mouth. Sketch those lightly in pencil, so you can adjust them. Look closely at your face or photograph. Our eyes, for example, are usually about halfway between the top of our head and the bottom of our chin. We usually think of them as much higher up than that.
  4. Once you are satisfied that you have the head shape and placement of your facial features where you want them, then be sure to add all the careful details you can, especially focused on your eyes.  

Working on Projects at Home is different than working in school. 
We do not give you lessons or directions.
We give you models of each project to look at carefully, and then you decide how to adopt the project for your interests, skills, materials, time, and any new ideas you have.
Your project does not have to look like the models—it can be inspired by the models.
If you are proud of what you created, we encourage you to share it online with the hashtag:  #ProjectsAtHome.

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