Lesson Plan

Paper Self-Portraits

Students will use paper to create eye-popping texture and form with these self-portraits.
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Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Create original self-portraits using paper.
  • Use paper to create form and texture.
  • Discuss their work and others with constructive feedback.

This art lesson corresponds to California Visual and Performing Arts Standards: 2.3 Demonstrate beginning skill in the manipulation and use of sculptural materials (clay, paper, and paper maché) to create form and texture in works of art. 2.7 Use visual and actual texture in original works of art.


(5 minutes)
  • Tell students that today we will be making self-portraits. Ask students if they know what a self-portrait is, then define if necessary.
  • Explain that instead of paints, markers, or crayons, we will be using paper to create the entire portrait.