How do kids do self portraits? Here are some easy self portrait ideas for kindergarten to elementary. Teach your kiddos to create their own self portrait for a mixed media art project for all ages. From a fun self portrait with LEGO or playdough to an abstract art project inspired by famous artists. Or what about making self portrait art from a printed picture. Any of these self portrait ideas below are great for beginners!

KID SELF PORTRAIT IDEAS

WHY DO ART WITH KIDS?

Children are naturally curious. They observe, explore, and imitate, trying to figure out how things work and how to control themselves and their environments. This freedom of exploration helps children form connections in their brain, it helps them learn—and it’s also fun!

Art is a natural activity to support this essential interaction with the world. Kids need the freedom to explore and experiment creatively.

Art allows children to practice a wide range of skills that are useful not only for life but also for learning. These include the aesthetic, scientific, interpersonal, and practical interactions that can be discovered through the senses, intellect, and emotions.

Making and appreciating art involves emotional and mental faculties!

Art, whether making it, learning about it, or simply looking at it – offers a wide range of important experiences.
In other words, it’s good for them!

SELF PORTRAIT IDEAS FOR KIDS

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LICHTENSTEIN COMICS

Roy Lichtenstein was a well known American pop artist who favored
old fashioned comic strips as a subject matter. During the 1960s, along with Andy Warhol, and other artists, he became a leading figure in the new art movement. Create a self portrait inspired by Lichtenstein comic strip pop art.

STEP 1. Print a picture of yourself.

STEP 2. Use tracing paper to trace the picture of yourself with black marker.

STEP 3. Color it in with dots and watercolor paints.

PLAYDOUGH PORTRAIT

Make a silly self portrait using homemade playdough. Playdough can be an excellent way to weave in building those fine motor skills and encourage creativity.

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LEGO SELF PORTRAIT

Can you build a picture of yourself using only LEGO bricks? All you need is a base plate and a handful of basic bricks. Make it as easy or complicated as your imagination wants.  Set a time limit if you like for an easy LEGO challenge that is sure to provide heaps of laughs!

BASQUIAT SELF PORTRAIT #1

Create your own funky and colorful self portrait inspired by famous artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat! Basquiat art for kids is a great way to explore mixed media art with kiddos of all ages.  This first self portrait idea uses oil pastels and art paper.

BASQUIAT SELF PORTRAIT #2

This second Basquiat art project creates a fun abstract self portrait from paint and tape.

SILHOUETTE SELFIE

A silhouette is an image represented as a solid shape of a single color, usually black, with its edges matching the outline of the subject. Trace a picture of yourself that shows your silhouette and then fill it in with black marker.

SINGLE LINE SELF PORTRAIT

Can you draw yourself only using one line? Try drawing a face without ever lifting your pencil. Then color any way you like.

This self portrait below uses watercolors.

SELF PORTRAIT ART IDEAS FOR KIDS

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