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Masterpiece Dioramas - Project #43

Time: 2-4 Class Periods
Difficulty: Moderate to Advanced
Cleanup: Soap & Water

Materials:
Colored Pencils
Crayola Color Sticks
Vellum Bristol Pads
Diorama Boxes
Scissors
Craft Knife
Tape
White Glue or Tacky Glue
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Choose a masterpiece painting to feature in a diorama box. This example is based on Henri Rousseau's painting, "The Sleeping Gypsy." This project also has an instructional video based on Edvard Munch's "The Scream" available!


Steps

  • Step 1
    Choose a masterpiece painting to feature in the diorama box. This example is based on Henri Rousseau's painting, "The Sleeping Gypsy." Our YouTube video of this project is based on Edvard Munch's "The Scream."
  • Step 2
    To prepare the backdrop for the diorama, cut one 15-1/2 x 6" back piece and two 6-1/2 x 6" side pieces out of bristol board. Tape the three pieces together on the back side. Color the backdrop with Crayola Color Sticks and glue into the back of the diorama box.
  • Step 3
    Divide the rest of the picture into background, middleground and foreground parts, or more, if necessary. For this example, the mountains are the background; the lion and boulder are the middleground, and the sleeping gypsy, guitar, bottle and boulder make up the foreground. Color each piece with colored pencils, leaving 1/4" on the bottom for a glue tab.
  • Step 4
    Cut out the individual parts and fold back the glue tab.
  • Step 5
    To assemble the diorama, start at the back and glue the background in place. Next, glue the middle parts in place. Add depth by overlapping pieces. Glue the foreground parts next. To add more depth, there is another mound glued in the very front.

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