At the top of the "U" shape, I show them the 3 parts of an eye. The football shape, the circle for the iris and the black dot for the pupil. I ask them to draw carefully trying to make each eye the same size and shape.
We move to the nose with a tiny U shape and two curves for the nostrils. For the lips, we begin with a lip line. I show them how to use their finger to draw an imaginary line straight down from the inside corner of the eye. We even do this on our own faces. This way they understand where the features belong on a face. We draw the lip line first, then a curve for the bottom lip. I ask them to turn to their neighbor and ask them what their top lip looks like....two mountains, or two hills. They love this part! Is their top lip more pointed or rounded??
We add a neck and shoulders. I ask them where the top of the ears lines up, and they are correct when answering by the eyes. We draw the top of the head with a curve and I show them several hairstyles on the board. Is their hair parted in the middle, on the side, do they have bangs, braids, ponytails, or do they have a buzz cut??? It was fun watching them add all the details that make them individuals. Check out some of our portraits below.