My 3rd grade students created family portraits. We discussed what kinds of things we are thankful for and our families were at the top of that list. I instructed the kids with the placement of the drawing. Then I explained how someone in the foreground could obstruct the view of a person in the background.
Then students tried to personalize each family member by adding details to enhance the portrait. We colored in the people and painted the background. The results, I think will be cherished.