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7 Diversity Art Activities for Kids with World Colors

by Jean Van't Hul
October 7, 2020

Celebrate diversity and empower kids with these 7 Diversity Art Activities that celebrate everyone’s uniqueness with drawing, painting, and clay art projects. This post is written in partnership with Faber-Castell USA and these fun art activities are all shown using the natural skin tones of Faber Castell’s line of World Colors art supplies.

Last year, when Faber-Castell came out with their line of World Colors colored pencils for kids, I raved about them.

The addition of 6 skin tones (to an already top quality colored pencil set) meant that kids all over the world could draw and color not only those 6 natural skin colors, but actually create virtually any skin shade possible by layering and shading.

Talk about empowering. 

Kids can represent themselves, their friends, and their world in art.

They can FIND themselves in art.

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I was so proud to work with Faber-Castell last year to help share World Colors colored pencils with the world, through blog posts, art activities and printables, and with an in person event at the Children’s Museum of Cleveland.

Realizing the importance of celebrating diversity in children’s art and giving kids the materials to represent themselves and their world, Faber-Castell is now adding to their popular World Colors line.

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They started with colored pencils (available online, in toy stores, and even in Walmart now!) and a portrait drawing kit. And now they are introducing World Colors modeling clay and World Colors crayon sets.


So today, I’m helping Faber-Castell celebrate diversity in kids’ art by giving you some fun art activities to do with their World Colors art supplies.

7 Diversity Art Activities for Kids

Here are 7 art projects for celebrating diversity using the World Colors colored pencils, crayons, and modeling clay.

Watch the video above to see the art activities in action or scroll down to see the photos, details, and get the printables.

1. Clay Faces

Use World Colors modeling clay to “paint” faces and portraits onto a small paper plate or piece of card stock.

Start by pressing or smearing a small amount of your preferred skin tone clay onto the paper plate to be the face. Add additional pieces, balls, or “snakes” of clay to make eyes, nose, mouth, hair, and accessories.

Draw the rest of the body and clothes, if desired, or make them with clay as well.

TIP: You can mix 2 to 3 colors of modeling clay together to match your skin tone.

2. 3D Clay People

Or make 3 dimensional clay people by shaping 1 or 2 pipecleaners into a stick figure, then using the clay to make a head. Add clay clothes and shoes, if you like!

3. Magazine Pictures

Cut out facial features, such as eyes, a nose, a mouth, or even hair from a magazine.

Glue one or two facial features to a piece of paper.

Use the World Colors colored pencils or crayons to create a portrait using the magazine facial feature as a starting point. Be as realistic or as fantastic as you like!

TIP: If you don’t have a stash of magazines to cut up, simply print out some faces from the internet.

RELATED: You can also cut out clothes from a magazine or catalog, paste them to paper, and draw the people wearing the clothes as Jeanette Nyberg suggests in her book, Tangle Art & Drawing Games for Kids. (Click here to see some extra playful variations of this!)

4. Modern Art Portraits

Follow these instructions on how to draw abstract self portraits to create wonderful modern art portraits using the World Colors skin tone crayons as the base. Add watercolors for a colorful watercolor resist effect.

Faber-Castell World Colors Pencils and Colored Paper Dolls

5. Paper Dolls

Make your own paper dolls to play with! Color and decorate our free paper doll printables (and their clothes!) with World Colors colored pencils or crayons.

Drawing people from around the world - with World Colors skin tone pencils by Faber-Castell

6. Draw Faces from Around the World

Use our free Draw the Faces printable with World Colors colored pencils or crayons to draw people and faces from around the world. Have fun personalizing each with different facial expressions, skin tones, hair, and accessories.

Superhero Self Portraits for Kids with Faber Castell World Colors - Daphne's Rainbow Super Powers

7. SuperHero Self Portraits

Make your own superhero self portrait (with accurate skin tones!) with our free printable guide and some World Colors colored pencils or crayons.

Those are just 7 diversity art activities that kids can do with the Faber-Castell World Colors line of art materials! But the possibilities are literally endless!


Where to Buy Faber-Castell World Colors?

Faber-Castell art supplies are widely available in stores and online. Besides art stores, toy stores, and places like Target, you can also now find their World Colors line of kids art supplies at Walmart.

Order Faber-Castell World Colors from their website:

This post is sponsored by Faber-Castell USA and some of the Faber-Castell supplies pictured were sent to us for free for the post. I only promote products I love and believe will be of value to you as well. All opinions expressed are my own.

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