This is one of my favorite projects that we've done during our mixed media month! Admittedly, I'm a sucker for a good self portrait project, especially one that allows our teens and pre-teens to do some reflecting on what makes them unique AND avoids the anxiety that comes from telling them they are going the have to draw their own face.
This project incorporates the art form of a selfie and photo filters instead of drawing and painting, so it's perfect for our older artists who are already super familiar with the technology!
Step One: Prepping the photos
We've learned that our inkjet office printer doesn't print on transparencies well--they are wet and smudge really easily--so we always have them printed at Office Depot.
Step 2: Create the collage
Once they've got a good collection going, they can start laying the pieces out on their canvas. Here's where it's a good idea to have your photo transparency handy. We tell our artists to make sure that their favorite collage pieces lay underneath the negative space on the transparency.
Step 3: Assembling and finishing
If you need a great self portrait project, or a unique mixed media project, I encourage you to give this one a try!
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