Cut paper: collage portrait.
Did you know that Eric Carle, author of such well-loved classics as "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" also worked in cut-paper collage? These guys must be on to something.
Let's create a cut-paper collage portrait out of colorful construction paper using simple bold shapes.
* A picture of a person, famous or non-famous, that you would like to base your cut-paper collage portrait on The picture should be simple, containing only the head and shoulders of the person
* Several colors of construction paper Scissors
* A glue stick
1 From a magazine, book or other source, choose a simple picture of a person to inspire your cut-paper collage portrait.
2 Choose a bright background color, and create a dramatic border of bold shapes around the outside of the paper. Use at least two contrasting colors, or more!
3 Cut simple, bold shapes based on your chosen picture to create a head-and-shoulders portrait. No drawing! Just start cutting the shapes.
4 Creating the nose is often a special challenge. If you're stuck, try using a shape that looks like the letter "J" or a fishhook. If the portrait is a profile, don't forget to add a nostril.
5 Experiment with crazy colors--like blue hair or purple skin. The idea is to create a portrait that really pops off the page. The portrait should be expressive, and it's fine if it's not "realistic." In fact, don't worry too much if your cut-paper collage doesn't really look like your chosen picture. That's okay--the picture was only to provide inspiration to get you started!
6 Add expressive details. Some suggestions: Some bright streaks of cut-paper in the hair, jewelry, a hat, a heavy fringe of eyelashes, and random shapes around the face to fill some of the empty spaces.
7 Make sure to use enough glue to keep the shapes securely attached to the background.
8 If you want, when you're finished, you can glue your work of art to a larger piece of black construction paper, creating a dramatic frame.
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|Date:||Apr 1, 2005|
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