Jan 13, 2013

Big Face Painting Tutorial

It’s natural for young artists to draw small, so directing them to touch the edge of the paper really opens things up. This formula will work with all kinds of media, and creates a lot of big spaces that are easily colored or painted.

 1. Draw a nose line in the middle of the paper, make it as long as your finger.

2. Draw two angled lines on the side of the nose.

3. Draw two lines that go up and touch the top of the paper.

 4. Draw the middle line of the mouth.

 5. Add the two curved lines of the mouth.

6. Draw one side of the face.

7. Add the other side of the face.

 8. Draw the top of two eyes.

9. Draw the bottom curves of the eyes.

10. Draw the curves of both eyes.

11. Add small circles in the center of the eyes.

12. Fill in the circles and add two neck lines.

13. Draw a line above and below the mouth. Eyelashes, etc. are optional.

14. Trace the lines with a chisel tip black permanent marker. Paint all the areas with lots of different color. I used Dick Blick tempera paint cakes and love the ease and inexpensive price.


Momto2 said...

I love this idea and can't wait to try it with my 4th graders. Thanks for sharing!

Julie Marciniak said...

Great Step by Step directions!
Thank you!
Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

Dana Barbieri said...

I really like this! What size paper should I use?

Kathy Barbro said...

Thanks Dana,

I used 9" x 12", but I suppose that even larger might be fun.


Anonymous said...

Did this with my kindergarteners, BIG paper and watercolors. It's wonderful work!

Jose Quintana said...

I want to try this with my son's first grade class. What are the preferred supplies? What paints? What did you use to draw the lines?

Kathy Barbro said...

I used tempera cakes paints. They are great as they leave a lot of color without all the blobs of the "squirt" paint.

Jose Quintana said...

Thank You Very Much!

Charmaine Boggs said...

Love this! Thanks so much for sharing the steps you used to get such an expressive face.