Food Portraits

Food Portraits lesson plan

  • 1.

    Children name their favorite foods. If your focus is nutrition, make a list with two columns, one for healthy foods and one for special treats. Find the USDA Food Guide Pyramid for Young Children at

  • 2.

    Food models from the pretend play area, packages, or the real thing, may enhance children’s painting detail. Young children’s paintings are likely to be primarily impressionistic rather than realistic.

  • 3.

    Describe art elements (line, shape, form, color, texture) and principles of visual organization (unity, variety, balance, repetition/rhythm/pattern, emphasis, proportion, movement) as children paint.

  • 4.

    Choose your favorite food and add it to a group list.

  • 5.

    Put on a Crayola® Art Smock. At an easel, paint a large portrait of your food with Crayola® Washable Tempera and Brushes. Mix colors. Dry overnight.

  • 6.

    Write your name and the food name on your picture with Crayola® Washable Markers. Draw in food details with marker, such as seeds or ridges.


  • Letters, Numbers & Words
  • Talking
  • Vocabulary
  • Physical: Eye - Hand Coordination
  • Physical: Large Motor
  • Social & Emotional: Flexibility
  • Thinking: Creating
  • Thinking: Observing
  • Thinking: Problem Solving