Paint an Olympic Portrait

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What You Need:

  • White drawing paper
  • Pencil
  • Tempera paint
  • Thin paint brush

What You Do:

  1. After your child has chosen her favorite winter sport, ask her to think about what she would like to wear in the self portrait. Her image will be the primary focus, but she should also draw a background that is connected to the sport. She will be the character (wearing a costume), and the background will be the setting.
  2. Have your child begin drawing herself in her chosen sports costume. Younger children may have a difficult time drawing a human figure. Use photos or pictures to remind her of what she will need to draw, and where. Try suggesting that she breaks the figure down into shapes. For example, her head is an oval.
  3. She can now add a matching background. Examples include snow-covered ski slopes or an ice skating rink.
  4. After the pencil drawing has been completed, your child can now paint her self-portrait. Include a lesson on color theory by providing only the three primary colors (red, blue and yellow) and white. Ask her to paint large areas first, and then fill in the smaller details.
  5. When the paint has dried, display this athletic portrait in the family home. If your child enjoys multiple sports, ask her to make one for each activity.
  6. As an extension, add a small piece of paper to the bottom of the portraits and keep track of the countries that have won medals in that specific sport.

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