Mini Monochromatic Masterpieces - Project #128
Difficulty: Moderate to Advanced
Cleanup: Soap & Water
Have students recreate a famous painting using white paint with just one other color, on smaller canvases to create a mosaic of the portrait. This project also has an instructional video available!
Step 1Choose a famous painting, such as Grant Wood's American Gothic.
Step 2On a computer, enlarge an image of the painting as needed and divide into a grid of squares. Print the image with the grid showing on top. Cut apart the squares and number them in order.
Step 3Give each student one or more cut-edge canvas squares and one or more numbered tiles from the painting. Have them write the number of the tile on the back of the canvas.
Step 4Using your choice of color plus white, have students paint the canvas squares to mimic the tiles from the painting. It’s okay if the hues are lighter or darker from student to student.
Step 5Reassemble the squares. Mount on foam board if desired. Take a picture of the finished piece and give a copy to each student.