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Picasso-Inspired Cardboard Portrait - Project #210

Time: 2-3 Class Periods
Difficulty: Moderate to Advanced
Cleanup: Soap & Water

Corrugated Cardboard
Scissors or Craft Knife
Acrylic or Tempera Paints
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  • Step 1
    Cut an 8x7" rectangle from an 11x14" sheet of corrugated cardboard. This will be the base for your portrait. The rest of the sheet will be used to build up the portrait.
  • Step 2
    Use one of the scrap pieces to cut a head shape. Attach several small pieces of cardboard to the back of the head so that it will stick out from the base, and glue to the base.
  • Step 3
    Cut out a side view of the head and glue it to the original head shape.
  • Step 4
    Cut out a side view of the forehead and attach with glue. Add cardboard to the back to make it stick out, if desired.
  • Step 5
    Add a front view nose.
  • Step 6
    Add a side view nostril to the front view nose.
  • Step 7
    Continue adding eyes, lips, eyebrows, ears and other features from different points of view.
  • Step 8
    Add final details from different view points, such as hair, jewelry, cheeks, eyelashes, etc.
  • Step 9
    Paint the portrait with acrylic or tempera paints.

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