I SEE MYSELF – Detail, Proportion, Self-Portrait

Students learn about the proportions of the face and use watercolour pencils to create a front view self-portrait.

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I SEE MYSELF – Detail, Proportion, Self-Portrait


  • Crayola Watercolour Pencils - 12 Count
  • Crayola Marker & Watercolour Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")
  • Crayola Variety Brush Set - 5 Count
  • Water Containers
  • Paper Towels
  • Green Masking Tape
  • Small Pencil Sharpeners
  • Plastic Placemats - 1 per student
  • Small Mirrors - 1 per student
  • Pencils
  • Erasers


Step 1
  1. Follow the worksheet to draw guidelines. (Downloads - Proportions_Face.pdf)
    - Lightly draw a large oval for the face.
    - Lightly draw a line half way across the oval to mark where the eyes will go.
    - Lightly draw a line half way between the eye line and the chin to mark where the tip of the nose will go.
    - Divide the space between the tip of the nose line and the chin into three.
    - Draw a line 1/3 down from tip of nose to mark where the mouth will go.
Step 2
  1. Place the features using these guidelines.
  2. There are 5 eye widths across.
  3. Use this practice drawing as a reference for the watercolour pencil painting.
  4. Look in a mirror to see the details in your features.
Step 3
  1. Tape the paper to a plastic placemat.
  2. Make sure the edges are even and the paper is flat and smooth.
  3. Use a regular pencil to lightly draw the outline of your face.
Step 4
  1. Begin to colour in an area of the portrait using a watercolour pencil.
  2. Apply a smooth layer of pigment.
  3. Choose several other colours to use for blending and adding detail.
Step 5
  1. Colour a new colour over the first one. Apply a smooth layer of pigment.
  2. Paint water into the areas where you have coloured.
  3. Dip a watercolour pencil into the water. Draw directly on the paper with it while it is still wet.
  4. Colour around the edges of the face and then paint into it with water.
  5. Colour a patch of pigment on a spare piece of paper. Paint into the patch with a wet paintbrush to pick up the pigment, OR pick up pigment from the tip of a watercolour pencil using a wet paintbrush,
  6. Paint with the pigment directly on the paper.
  7. For the background try wetting the paper first and then painting colour into it.
Step 6
  1. Carefully remove the tape.
  2. Place the damp painting under some heavy books to flatten it if necessary.
  • Subjects:

    • Language Arts,

    • Mathematics,

    • Visual Arts

  • Grades:

    • Grade 3,

    • Grade 4,

    • Grade 5,

    • Grade 6,

    • Grade 7,

    • Grade 8

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