DISTORTED PORTRAIT – Value, Shape, Space

Students use an altered grid to enlarge and change the proportions of an image of their face to create a distorted self-portrait.

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DISTORTED PORTRAIT –  Value, Shape, Space


  • Crayola Marker & Watercolour Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")
  • Crayola Colors of the World Coloured Pencils - 24 Count
  • Crayola Sketchbooks - 1 per student
  • Crayola Glue Sticks
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Rulers
  • Pencils
  • Erasers


Step 1
  1. Work with a partner to take pictures of each other head and shoulders only.
  2. Resize the photo so it is 7.6 cm x 7.6 cm (3" x 3").
  3. Cut it out and glue it into your sketchbook.
  4. Use the grid system to enlarge the photo to about 16.5 cm x 24 cm (6 ½" x 9 ½").
    (See the Picture This lesson plan available on this website.)
    - draw a grid with 1.3 cm (½") squares on top of the photograph
    - assign a letter to each column of the grid
    - assign a number to each row of the grid
    - on a 20.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12") piece of paper draw a grid with an equal number of spaces but change the spacing of the vertical and horizontal lines
    - assign matching letters to the columns of the grid
    - assign matching numbers to the rows of the grid
    - use the letter/number combination on the photograph to find the corresponding section on the larger grid
    - draw
    the shapes you see in each section of the grid on the photograph in the corresponding section of the larger grid
Step 2
  1. Use the Crayola Colors of the World coloured pencils to colour your drawing.
  2. Sort the skin colours you are going to use into a group of light, medium and dark values.
  3. As you colour pay attention to where the highlights and shadows are.
  4. Use coloured pencils to finish the drawing.
Step 3
  1. View your finished drawing with fresh eyes.
  2. How do the colours create the illusion of depth?
  3. Give your drawing a title.
  4. What do you see that makes this a good title?
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