Self Por­trait Plaques

Westcoast Families - - Last Look -

ma­te­ri­als

• Pen­cil • Plas­ter of paris • Sty­ro­foam trays • Bucket for mix­ing • Acrylic paint and brushes • Acrylic medium

make it!

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!

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