Self Portrait Plaques
• Pencil • Plaster of paris • Styrofoam trays • Bucket for mixing • Acrylic paint and brushes • Acrylic medium
This is a simple inside project for a cloudy day. Take a styrofoam meat tray (I simply ask for a couple from the super market butcher). Take a pencil and have your child draw their face, pressing down semi-hard to make an impression in the tray. Talk about your child’s interesting facial features and focus on shape and line. Then, mix up the plaster of paris, reading the instructions carefully. Pour the plaster into the tray and let set until hard, it takes approximately 5-7 minutes. Pop it out of tray and you have a relief plaque with a face on it. Cover the plaque in a layer of acrylic medium, and let dry. Talk to your child about Matisse’s famous portrait of his wife called “The Green Line.” In this beautiful painting, Matisse uses unconventional colors such as green , blue and purple to paint his wife’s portrait. Talk to your child about using color based on emotion and go crazy and have fun!