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Cut paper: collage portrait.

You probably have a lot more in common with famous artists Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso than you thought. In addition to painting works of art, these two extraordinary men dabbled in something you've probably done several times in your art classes: cut-paper collage.

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.

Nicely done!
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Title Annotation:CREATE A COLORFUL
Author:Leona, Jill
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2005
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