Art Projects For Kids: Alien and Robot Portraits

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Alien and robot portrait painting project. Art projects for kids and other creative people •

Since aliens and robots are some of the coolest creatures ever to grace our imaginations, we decided to pay tribute to them by making formal alien and robot portrait paintings. Can’t you just see a museum wing dedicated to showcasing the most important of all aliens and robots- complete with gaudy gilded frames?


wooden plaques



Prepare your wooden plaques by giving them 2 coats of gesso, letting them dry completely in between coats. Can you tell I have a Starbucks addiction?

gessoed boards


Using pencil, draw your best robots and aliens on top of the dried gesso. Traditional portraits usually stop at around the chest of the subject.

drawings on plaques


Go over the pencil lines with black permanent marker or black paint applied with a thin paintbrush. Fill in your drawings with your choice of colors and admire your handiwork! We painted around the edges of the plaques to give them the feeling of being framed.

Robot and alien portrait painting project. Awesome art projects for kids and other creative people •

For hanging purposes: Have a parent drill a 1/2″ hole in the back toward the top of the plaque and hang it right on a screw or nail. Or…. use those fancy little 3M thingies:




  1. 07/15/2013 / 11:03 am

    Great idea for a little boys room! I like that you used the oval plaques. For girls rooms I guess it would be mermaids and unicorns!

    • 07/15/2013 / 8:15 pm

      Oh no! I guess I need to do a mermaids and unicorns project….

  2. 07/15/2013 / 5:42 pm

    So fun for kids, especially boys, to create for their rooms!

    • 07/15/2013 / 8:18 pm

      You should make some for your room, too. Perfect for a master bedroom, don’t you think?

  3. 07/16/2013 / 9:37 pm

    These are too cute. Love it! I’ve never seen these wooden plaques at BLick. Gotta look harder.

    • 07/17/2013 / 8:28 pm

      I bet Blick doesn’t have them- they’re more of a craft store find.

  4. Lily
    05/21/2014 / 8:27 pm

    This is really cool! I have to try this!

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