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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Shadow Portraits


These charming 'portraits with shadows' were made by Gr.3 students. 
I found the idea at the elementary art blog: "An Art Room Filled with Fauves". 

The supplies you'll need are:
  • white drawing paper
  • strips (1-2") of colored paper
  • black paper (for the shadow)
  • colored paper (for the background)
  • glue stick, scissors, pencils
  • colored pencils or markers

 So start off with the kids drawing a full figure person- you could make it a self-portrait lesson, 
or kids might research a famous historical person (to link with Social Studies), whatever. 
I gave the kids free reign to choose whomever they liked. 
Draw this lightly in pencil, then colour with media of your choice; we used colored pencils. 


Carefully cut out the figure. Place upside-down onto black paper and slowly trace 
with a light colored pencil. This will be the shadow- cut out.



Decide where is the best placement for the shadow- I found it works slightly above or below to 
either the left or the right hand side. 


For the border, I pre-cut a bunch of construction paper using a paper cutter- it went really fast. These were about 1 inch thick or so. Kids will cut these into squares and glue them around their background paper to create a simple border.



Ta da!




















4 comments:

Laura Kim said...

These are totally great and I love the border!!!

Miss said...

Thanks Laura!

profesora de artes visuales, plástica said...

El trabajo de la sombra me encanto!!
Felicitaciones!!! Ana

Miss said...

Gracias Ana!

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