Frida Kahlo Inspired Self-Portrait
AGE RANGE: PROJECT SHOULD BE EASILY ACCOMPLISHED BY AGES 4 AND UP WITH HELP FROM PARENT OR GUARDIAN
APPROXIMATE TIME: 30 MINUTES TO 1 HOUR
Kids will learn how to make their own self portraits with a bit of a inspiration from an iconic artist, Frida Kahlo.
Frida Kahlo was an extraordinary Mexican painter. In her lifetime, she created about 150 priceless paintings. A majority of those paintings were self-portraits. Through her life, Frida represented her life experiences and expressed her emotions through her artwork, and the results were breath taking.
She was famous for wearing both bright colored clothing and flowers to match them. In fact, many photographs of her, or paintings created by other artists, depict her with flowers tied up into her hair.
We’re going to create our own self-portraits and put flowers in our hair just like Frida Kahlo!
Art Materials Needed
- Pencil and eraser
- Photograph of yourself or a mirror
- Colored pencils, markers, or crayons
- First, start by drawing a circle on your paper with a pencil
- Once you’re happy with your circle, draw two lines out of the bottom to create the neck
- From the neck lines, draw two lines out towards each end of the paper to create shoulders
- Then, draw a half circle connecting the two neck lines. This will create the collar of your shirt
- The next step is to draw the eyes. A little bit less than half way down the paper draw two circles and an eyelid. The eyes are the first thing that will look different. Since we’re doing self-portraits, our eyes will have all different shapes and sizes! Do you wear glasses? If so, draw those too!
- After we draw the eyes, we can draw the nose. There are many ways to draw this, but whichever way you prefer.
- After that, we’ll add the mouth. Draw a curved line with two humps. For the bottom lip, connect the top with a semi-circle. Inside of the lips, draw a curved line for a smile!
- The eyebrows are our next step. These will look different too! Do you have thin eyebrows? Or maybe thick, darker ones? Draw whatever kind you have.
- Next we’ll draw the flower crown. You can draw whatever types of flowers you like. Maybe roses, lilies, or tulips, it’s all up to you!
- Next we’ll outline the hair. Do you have straight long hair, or maybe you have short curly hair, perhaps you'd like to wear it up!
- After you have everything out lined in pencil, grab your Sharpie, and go over your lines.
- Once everything is outlined in Sharpie, color it in with colored pencils, crayons, or markers
And there you have it, your very own unique self-portrait!