This Crafty Friday project was a lot of fun, so much so that I even got in on the action. We started off learning a bit about Picasso and his influence as one of the most innovative artists of the 20th century. We looked at a variety of his paintings and discussed how his style evolved over time. Then, we got to work on our own portraits.
Here’s what you need:
-found objects [clothespins, newsprint, beans, buttons, yarn, etc.]
Finn was a bit intimidated to tackle a self portrait at first. He thought he was going to have to paint a portrait like the masters, but once he saw this painting, he regained hope.
The first thing I encouraged my kids to do was to think outside the box. They typically try to follow a conventional way of making a portrait, making every feature proportional and symmetrical. I ended up making my own portrait to show them that their portraits could be as strange as they wanted them to be. See exhibit A:
Looks just like me, don’t you think?
This was the nudge they needed to get creative with their own faces.
We resulted in some pretty imaginative portraits…
with quite a likeness to their creators…