Lesson 4: Self portraits

By looking at the many different examples of self portraits over time, children use photography to create their own

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

  • To develop a self portrait from a photograph and translate it into a drawing

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • To improve their mastery of art and design techniques

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May want to draw the photo with the silly expression as it requires less accuracy so will be easier.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should greater attention to detail and add extra levels of details in their self portraits.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


Created by:
Susan Coles,  
Art & Design specialist
Susan is an educator, artist and an active advocate and well-known champion of art craft and design education. Her roles include: Secretary to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Art, Craft, Design Education, Past President, and now Honorary Fellow of the…
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