5th graders are learning how to include shading in their 2D portraits so I have done this Presidential portraits for a number of years because I love how they turn out and the kids are very engaged. We start this lesson by watching the video So You Want to be President, there is also a book of the same title. I show them basic portrait techniques and then they get to work on their choice of President. The photos that I have included are day one drawing they will get another day to refine the drawing and add shading. On the second day I also let the students add a background to their portraits and I offer them a fancy frame and embellishments that complement their work.