Oil pastels are a colorful choice for art projects of all kinds. They can be found at any art store. Also look for them at yard sales, flea markets, and thrift stores to save money.
Decorate your classroom or hallway with self-portraits that your students made. The portrait shown on this page were drawn on white construction paper.
- Oil Pastels
- White Construction Paper 9×12 inches
To get started, draw the outline of your portrait lightly on your paper. Start with an oval for the face. Then add the hair and eyes. You can draw an S to make the nose. I like to show this trick to my students, as it makes for an easy way to create this feature.
Draw the lips and other details. Fill in the outline, starting with lighter colors, and finishing with darker colors. Blend the colors together using your fingers or the oil pastel itself. Continue coloring until your whole paper is filled with color or leave the background showing if you prefer a more minimal look to your portrait.