Create your own funky and colorful self portrait inspired by famous artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat. Basquiat art for kids is also a great way to explore art with kiddos of all ages. All you need are oil pastels and a sheet of art paper to make your own unique Basquiat art! We love fun art activities for kids!
HOW TO MAKE A BASQUIAT SELF PORTRAIT
Jean-Michel Basquiat began his career as a street and graffiti artist on the streets of New York. Basquiat’s art focused on contrasts, such as wealth versus poverty, and integration versus segregation. He used poetry, drawing, and written word to express himself in a way that was empowering.
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Basquiat painted a lot of self portraits. In both his portraits and self-portraits, he explores his identity as a man of Latino and African-American lineage. He used social commentary in his paintings as a tool for for identifying with his experiences in the black community, as well as to attack racism and prejudice.
Be inspired by Basquiat’s art, and create your own funky self portrait with our free Basquiat printable art project below. Let’s get started!
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BASQUIAT SELF PORTRIAT
Design your very own self-portrait in the style of Jean-Michele Basquiat. Add words that describe your personality and style.
- Art paper
- Oil Pastels
- Information Page
STEP 1: Cover a full page of art paper with various colors of oil pastels. Bright colors work best!
STEP 2: Outline your colored areas with black oil pastel.
STEP 3: Draw a simple outline of your face in black oil pastel on top in the style of Basquiat.
STEP 4: Optional – Add written words that describe you.
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