This past week in some of our classes we did portraits of each other and self portraits. This is a difficult thing to tackle with kids because it is all in the details. Even the most accomplished artist can struggle with portrait work. Kids don't want to be detail oriented at this age, so its important to not take the fun out of it. We used oil pastels and colored pencils, I told the kids not only to try and capture what they look like, but to tell me something about them and their personality. We had fun!
Keep encouraging creativity, and remember art is not only about the end result but enjoying the process of creating it.