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Behind My Mask

Inspired by Behind My Mask: A Super Kid Self-Portrait by Cassi Stephens

Lesson for grades 2-12


Project Samples

Suggested Supplies

Paper, pencil, eraser, something to color with (markers, colored pencils, or crayons), black marker (optional) 

Video Lesson Steps

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Watch video and draw!

Video includes:

- project background   

- drawing steps

- decorating ideas.

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Decorate and color your self-portrait!

Ideas are in video above, and below.  

Bonus videos on word-art tips are below too.


**Bonus - Word Art Tips:

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You are done!


If you liked this folding surprise trick try these:

Folding Surprise Videos - YouTube Channel with lots of variations like sharks, flamingos, and this ice-cream video posted here --->

If you liked drawing a portrait, here are some other styles to try:

Picasso Self Portrait

Lego Self Portrait

Project Description

What did people do to record what they looked like before photography?  Students will learn some history about Portraits and Self-Portraits.  Then students will draw their own self-portrait with a twist!  At first it looks like you are wearing a mask, and then you can open the paper and see what is behind the mask.  Grades K-1:  This project requires some adult assistance for the folding.  If you prefer, there is a No Fold project alternative to draw a basic self-portrait with no assistance needed. 

Key Words: Portrait, Self-Portrait 

Special thanks to:

Cassie Stephens and her project Behind My Mask: A Super Kid Self-Portrait