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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 a rectangle from a sheet of corrugated cardboard - our example is 8x7" . This will be the base for your portrait. The rest of the cardboard 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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