Lesson Plan, Grades 3-8, Art, Geography, History, Crayola, Drawing


Lesson Plan & Artwork by Tana Holderman Orr

Students will create a simple portrait using the new Crayola Colors of the World colored pencils, crayons or markers. The Colors of the World offer a variety of colors making it easy to use alone or combine to match any skin tone. To further personalize, students can select a background design that reflects the individuality of the portrait.


  • Learn the proportions of the face and special relationship of the facial features.
  • Learn how to shade and blend to emphasize the light and dark areas of the face.
  • Express their feelings in the composition through additional visual images that convey a personal message.

Supplies Needed

Crayola® Colors of the World Crayons, Set of 24
Crayola® Colors of the World Colored Pencils, Set of 24
Crayola® Colors of the World Ultra-Clean Washable® Markers, Broad Tip, Set of 24
Crayola® Heavy Weight Sketchbook, 9 x 9 Inches, 40 Sheets
Canson® XL® Mixed Media Paper, 98 lb, 9 x 12 Inches, 100 Sheets
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Standard #1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Standard #2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
Standard #3: Refine and complete artistic work.
Standard #5: Develop and refine artistic work for presentation.
Standard #6: Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.
Standard #8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
Standard #10: Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.



Discuss and demonstrate the features of the face to show and explain visually, the correct measurements and proportions. Teachers may use their own face as an example.


Students will practice drawing a face from a mirror or a photograph if available, or that of a classmate.


Using a pencil, students will begin drawing the face on a piece of drawing paper using a simple line. This simple line will show the facial features and their relationships. For older and more advanced students encourage a more detailed drawing illustrating dominate dark and light shadows in the face.


Students may use Crayola Colors of the World colored pencils and crayons in a combination of colors that match the skin color in their portrait. Advise and help students that need encouragement and assistance.


After students have completed their portraits, use a variety of Crayola products for detailed work in the background, or areas surrounding their portrait. Students might design with the markers and crayons a simple line design that represents something personal.


Have students share their drawings with the class when finished.