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4 Portrait Extension Tasks

4 Portrait Extension Tasks

We all teach portraits, and having some portrait extension tasks up your sleeve is a good idea.  The tasks in this download teach valuable skills and ask students to draw with pencil, coloured pencil and pastels. You can distribute them according to media or allow...

Portraits of Dead Artists – Mimi Ilnitskaya

Portraits of Dead Artists – Mimi Ilnitskaya

Drawing skulls is appealing to so many students.  If you then want your students to make connections with artists, illustrator Mimi Ilnitskaya from Kazakhstan is an artist worth knowing about. Her whimsical drawings of skulls are inspired by some of her favourite...

Mark-Making Portrait Unit

Mark-Making Portrait Unit

A complete unit of work that explores mark-making and portrait drawing.  The unit includes: A stage-by-stage detailed unit of work.* Learning about the proportions of the face. Practicing drawing features of the face. Practicing mark-making with a range of media, with...

Portraits: Proportions of the Face

Portraits: Proportions of the Face

Teach the proportions of the face with this easy-to-follow worksheet that clearly shows how a 'standard face' is divided up.  Essential for portrait units of work. Your students can work directly on the blank grid, which has all the lines in place, allowing them to...

Drawing Funny Faces

Drawing Funny Faces

Drawing funny faces is a fun download that engages your learners with detailed observational drawing.  Ideal for a portrait project or end of term activity.  The resource includes a range of ethnicities and age groups.  This download includes: 5 Grid Drawings 5...

Book Review: ‘Open Aperture’ by Paul Matte

Book Review: ‘Open Aperture’ by Paul Matte

I have been lucky enough to be sent a copy of the photography book ‘Open Aperture.  The Evolution of Photography in an Abstract World’ by its author Paul Matte.  I’m really pleased that it has been brought to my attention as the more I’ve looked at it, the more I’ve...

Jeff Stahl Skulls

Jeff Stahl Skulls

Artist Jeff Stahl is best known for his caricature portraits and pet portraits but has also created wonderful, gestural paintings of skulls that are ideal to show to your students.  Not least because he has created some step by step photographs of how his work...

My Top 6 Virtual Tours of Galleries

My Top 6 Virtual Tours of Galleries

It's wonderful that so many galleries and museums have created virtual tours in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  It's certainly allowed me to see inside galleries and museums that I've never been to before.  It's also a great way to expose our students to more art...

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