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Project #165

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

Corrugated Cardboard Sheets
Oil Pastels
9x12" Multicultural Construction Paper
Glue or Paste
Craft Knife
Phone Book
Tacky Glue
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Make a self-portrait collage inspired by Pablo Picasso! This project also has an instructional video available!


  • Step 1
    Cut a 9x12" piece of corrugated cardboard from a 32x40" sheet or from a recycled box.

  • Step 2
    Rip some of the top layer from the corrugated cardboard to create texture.

  • Step 3
    Choose a piece of paper from the multicultural construction paper and cut out your face shape. Glue the face to the cardboard with paste.

  • Step 4
    Rip or cut out a piece of paper from a phone book, newspaper or magazine. Draw a profile on the sheet with oil pastels. Cut out the profile and glue it on top of the face with paste.

  • Step 5
    Add more details with oil pastels.

  • Step 6
    Rip or cut out another piece of paper from a phone book, newspaper or magazine to use as hair. Cut out hair shapes and apply them to the face with paste.

  • Step 7
    With leftover pieces from the face construction paper, cut out a neck and paste it onto the cardboard. Use scrap pieces of construction paper or scraps from the magazines to create clothing and paste them onto the cardboard. Add final oil pastel details. Use Tacky Glue to glue jute around the border to create a frame.

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