COLOURFUL SELF-PORTRAIT – Colour, Space, Contrast

Students work with a partner to take photographs of each other against a light background, print a large version of their photo and draw a grid across it. They add drawings of things they like and use markers to create a colourful self-portrait.

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COLOURFUL SELF-PORTRAIT – Colour, Space, Contrast


  • Crayola Marker & Watercolour Paper - 22.9 x 30.5 cm
  • Crayola SuperTip Markers - 50 Count
  • Rulers
  • Pencils
  • Erasers


Step 1
  1. Work with a partner.
  2. Use your devices to take close up photographs of each other against a light background.
  3. Resize your photo to 21.6 cm x 27.9 cm (8.5" x 11") and convert it to greyscale.
  4. Make sure your picture is large enough to almost fill the page.
  5. Print a copy of the picture on drawing paper.
  6. Draw a grid over the whole paper.
  7. Draw your name and pictures of things that are important to you in the background.
Step 2
  1. Use Crayola SuperTips markers to colour the squares different colours.
  2. Use contrasting colours to make your face and details stand out.
  3. From time to time view your drawing from a distance to see it with fresh eyes.
Step 3
  1. View your self-portrait with fresh eyes.
  2. What do you like best about your picture? Why?
  3. What does this self-portrait tell the viewer about you?
  4. What do you see that makes you say that?
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