Automatic eigentemplate learning is discussed for a sparse template tracker. Using an eigentemplate learned from multiple sequences, a sparse template tracker can efficiently track a target that changes appearance. The present paper provides a feasible solution for eigentemplate learning when multiple image sequences are available. Two types of eigentemplates are compared in the present paper, namely, a single eigentemplate, and a set of directional eigentemplates. The single eigentemplate simply consists of all images learned from multiple sequences.On the other hand, directional eigentemplates are obtained by decomposing the single eigentemplate into three directions of the face poses. The sparse template tracker is also expanded to directional eigentemplates.Finally, the effectiveness of the provided solution is demonstrated in the learning and tracking experiments. The experimental results indicate that directional learning works well with small seed data,and that the directional eigentracker works better than the single eigentracker.