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Half Face Drawings + a FREEBIE!

Have you tried half face drawings with your students?  They are an amazing learning tool!  They really help build confidence in portrait drawing skills.  I typically try to have students complete the half face drawings with graphite before they do a gridded self-portrait artwork.  

I always start out teaching portraits with Art 1 the same way.  I give them a blank sheet of paper and I give them 20 minutes to draw a human face with absolutely no help from me.  So, the results are always pretty bad… but at the end when we compare them to their half face portraits, you can really see how much they improved!  Above, you can see two of their “before” portraits along with the same student’s half-face drawing!

I used to just use magazine photos and have students cut them down the middle and glue down to drawing paper.  This year, I decided to make it a bit easier and I created a new resource that includes 10 faces of different ethnicities.  I divided all the faces into 2 pages.  One is a reference photo and the other is on the background to help force students to match the values they see.  I added a grid to help them with the placement of the facial features.   You can find them in my TPT store if you think they would be helpful for you and save you a little time.  

I used regular people and not celebrity photos.  In the past I used famous people and students do seem to like that.  However, I think they are more successful when the face is LESS familiar.  They seem to be more realistic in the end, too because the viewers don’t know the person.  

FREEBIE!   Here is One of my Half Faces from my 10 Pack on TpT!  

Portrait Creation with Grids

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Hi, I’m Erin!

I’ve been a high school art teacher at a rural school in WV for the past 14 years. I teach Art 1, AP Art + Design, Art 2 and 3. 
I’m a little obsessed with my sweet husband. Together we have FOUR kids and a rescue dog named Boomer! 
I love a bad pun and terrible dad jokes. I spend time looking at MBTI memes, cooking, listening to serial killer podcasts and Harry Potter audiobooks on repeat. I also teach yoga and indoor cycling. Click the button below to learn more about me. 

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