Cameras did not exist in Elizabethan England, so portraits are the only record of the appearance of historical figures from the time. In this lesson, the children will follow a step by step process by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom to draw their portrait of William Shakespeare.
- The class will need access to the Guardian step by step guide, either displayed on the whiteboard or on individual devices (see below)
- Paper and pencils for drawing
- Watercolour paints
Follow the step by step guide on the website to produce portraits of Shakespeare (see resource below).
Consider the concept of not being able to take photographs. Ask:
- How accurate do you think portraits were?
- Do you think that kings and queens could make portrait painters paint them in a more flattering way?
portrait, brows, forehead, ruff
A step by step guide on drawing William Shakespeare by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom