by TeacherLem Iglesias

Several months back, we organised a two-day workshop titled “Bonding through Art” as part of our school’s Professional Development programme. I was asked to present and facilitate a one-hour session on “Caricature”. We tried our best to cover the topic in detail, from a quick talk on some “Awesome Facts about Caricatures” to a hands-on drawing activity. It was a wonderful experience for me and for the participants as well.

Teacher Lem's Caricature Workshop.


Samples Created by: Teachers from SISB, Thailand


· Pencil

· Black Marker

· Eraser

· A4 Paper


The first part of the workshop started with a brief background on the difference between a Caricature and a Cartoon. A lot of people often confuse the two and for good reason: both are funny to look at. However, most practitioners of these art forms would argue differently.

I use the slides below to explain my short answer:

Caricature Slide_1

Caricature Chart

Caricature Slide_2

Also, Caricatures and Cartoons are not considered as Portraits since they do not follow the ideal proportions of the face and do not aim to produce an exact likeness of a specific subject.

For a comprehensive explanation of the difference between a Caricature and a Cartoon — CLICK THIS LINK


After talking about  the difference between Cartoons, Portraits and Caricatures my next focus on the workshop was to guide everyone in creating a Caricature. They need to try to draw and bring out the personality and character of a designated model by exaggerating or over-simplifying his/her most recognizable features.

I start the activity by showing this picture of Barack Obama and asking the question:

Barack Obama_1

“If Barack Obama walks in this room to join us in the workshop, which of his facial features to you think you will immediately notice?”

The most common answers are:

(1) His ears—“It’s big.”
(2) His mouth and teeth—“It’s big.”
(3) His chin—“It’s pointy… and yes, it looks big.”

I tell the audience that:

“…these features make Obama memorable. These parts of his face are the most recognizable and it’s what we instantly remember. This is what makes Obama, Obama. For caricature artists, this will be their main focus in creating their artwork.”

Then I show them the following slide, which always elicit a surprised-‘Oh!’ from the audience:

Barack Obama_2

— They always correctly predict how the caricature will look like; ears, mouth, chin and all.

“Some of you have the eye of a good Caricature artist!” I proclaim, boosting their confidence.

To make it easier for first-timers in the art of caricature, we distribute worksheets to help them with the next procedures. It helps the participants interpret what they see by having modified samples of images in caricature-versions.

(Email me at mr_lem@ymail.com for printable copies of the Caricature worksheets below)

I ask them to look for a partner and sit together at one table facing each other. I proceed to explain that, “In this activity we will follow this same process. You will be asked to:

“(1) Look carefully at your partner’s facial features and determine which parts make your partner memorable and easily recognizable and which parts of his/her face do you notice first?

“(2) Consult the activity worksheets and look for the closest caricature version of what you see.

”(3) Draw that image as best as you can and have fun completing the whole face.”

I tell them that:

“It is preferred, although not required, that the drawing process follow this sequence…”

(1) Study your partner’s head and choose the closest shape from the images below and draw it:

(2) Study your partner’s eyes and choose the closest likeness below and draw it:

(3) Study your partner’s nose and choose the best version below and draw it:

(4) Study your partner’s lips and choose the best interpretation of it below and draw it:

(5) Study your partner’s ears and choose the best caricature of the ears below and draw it:

(6) Study your partner’s hair and choose the most appropriate type below and draw it:

Afterwards, I remind the participants to shade the hair and eyebrows after the drawing is finished.

I also tell them to write their name and date  on the finished drawing and leave it on the table for others to see.

Once everything is ready, I invite all workshop participants to move around each table and look at each other’s caricature drawing. This part is where laughter sets in.

I remind them that, “It’s a Caricature. It’s supposed to look funny.”


After everyone has viewed all artworks on the table, I lead a discussion guided by  the following questions:

  • Among the drawings made by your peers, which one do you think is the best one? Why do you say so?
  • Which part of the drawing procedure presented the greatest challenge? How did you overcome the challenge?

To end the activity, I recap the the following:

  • The difference between a Portrait, a Cartoon and a Caricature.
  • The procedure we have undergone in creating a Caricature.
  • The group’s assessment of the activity after viewing the results.


Here are the wonderful participants of our two-day workshop and their awesome caricature drawings:

Caricature Results_1

Caricature Results_2

Caricature Workshop_3Caricature Results_3


Featured Caricature at the top of the page by Teacher Philippe

Barack Obama – http://www.justjared.com/2012/11/06/barack-obama-wins-presidential-election-2012/

Worksheet sources are credited in the captions below the images.

For printable copies of the worksheets above — SEND ME AN EMAIL >> mr_lem@ymail.com .

More CLASSYARTCLASS ACTIVITY PHOTOS CLICK THIS LINK>>  https://instagram.com/teacherlem/

I hope you  will have as much fun as we did with this project.

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See you next Saturday    🙂


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