Giant Cardboard Self-Portrait Busts in Grade Four


I am the official cardboard recycling queen! I can’t throw away anything especially cardboard because of it’s sturdiness and versatility. Turn those big cardboard pieces you want to throw out into gorgeous self-portrait busts!

After practicing and drawing their faces, the grade four students were more than ready and eager to draw themselves on huge pieces of cardboard pieces that I had  previously cut up for them. Our basic self-portrait drill is: 1. start with an oval for the head, 2. ears, 3. neck and finally the shoulders.

This done, the students painted two layers of white paint to make it easier to put on the skin colored paint. After this was dry, they add the eyes (using the ears as a guideline), nose, mouth and the rest of the facial details. Skin colored paint was next and the kids did a fabulous job mixing the colors to match their own skin tone.

Painting the clothing and hair was last and when everything was dry, the students outlined and added the final details with oil pastels before cutting them out with an exacto knife. We will soon make  hinged stands with you guessed it…cardboard! so these can stand up.

Aren’t these so wonderful?

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2 thoughts on “Giant Cardboard Self-Portrait Busts in Grade Four

  1. Sensational! They are beautiful pieces of work from young children. I’ve always wondered what to do with the cardboard that piles up because everyone thinks “we’ll use it one day” – I know what I’m doing for art this week. Thanks!

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