ABSTRACT SELF-PORTRAIT – Value, Movement, Identity

Students use oil pastels to create an abstract self-portrait that communicates an important aspect of their identity.

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ABSTRACT SELF-PORTRAIT – Value, Movement, Identity


  • Crayola Oil Pastels, 16 Count
  • Crayola Construction Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Crayola Washable Glue Sticks
  • Crayola Sketchbooks - 1 per student


Step 1
  1. Cut out pictures of mouths, noses and eyes from magazines.
  2. Glue the pictures into your sketchbook.
  3. Leave space beside each picture to make a drawing of it.
  4. Use oil pastels to practice drawing the features.
Step 2
  1. Make a plan drawing in your sketchbook.
  2. Draw the outline of the bottom half of your face, the nose and mouth in the centre of the paper.
  3. Include images to highlight something that is important to you in the top part of the paper.
  4. Leave space at the bottom of the paper to draw your name.
Step 3
  1. Use a pencil to draw the outlines of your composition on black construction paper.
Step 4
  1. Colour the bottom half of the face.
  2. Choose a main colour that represents you in some way.
  3. Make one side of the face darker than the other.
  4. Blend black into the outer edges of the face and features to create shadows.
  5. Use analogous colours to mix with your main colour to create midtones.
    - main colour blue, analogous colours blue-green, blue-violet
  6. Use white to create highlights.
Step 5
  1. Continue colouring the composition making sure you have shadows, midtones and highlights.
Step 6
  1. Add details and colour to the composition.
  2. Draw your name at the bottom of the page.
  3. View your drawing with fresh eyes.
    - What does it say about you?
    - What do you see that makes you say that?
    - What do you like best about your drawing? Why?
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