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KS2 art ideas – 6-week self portraits medium-term lessons plan

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KS2 medium term plan, sentence starters, worksheets, templates and additional resources

Key Stage



Years 3-6


This six-week series of art lessons is focused around the topic of self-portraits.

Pupils will find out about a range of famous artists and will learn how to draw faces using correct proportions. Throughout the lesson series, children will create a number of artworks, including a ‘split face’ portrait, transient portraits from objects and a Picasso-style face focused on colour.

They’ll also get to grips with shading and the symbolism of portraiture. We’ve provided everything you need to get started straight away.

What they’ll learn

  • Draw a portrait using the correct proportions
  • Complete a ‘split face’ self-portrait using a photo
  • Create a portrait from a range of unusual objects
  • Use different pencils to create a range of tones
  • Create a portrait inspired by Picasso
  • Use colour to portray emotions
  • Recognise symbolism in portraits

This download contains:

  • Full PDF medium term plan
  • Sentence starters
  • Worksheets
  • Templates
  • Additional resources

Julianne Britton is a qualified teacher with eight years’ experience, author of educational resources and a private tutor. Follow her on Twitter at @juliannebritton. Visit her website here.

KS2 art ideas – 6-week self portraits medium-term lessons plan
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