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Self-Portraits in the Style of Eric Carle

August 20, 2014


Gorgeous self-portrait.

Gorgeous self-portraits.

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We did this project for Father’s Day – it was a lose interpretation that we are all pieces of our ancestors and I was very pleased how they turned out.

I started by sharing the art of Eric Carle.  My students were aware of his books but looking at the artwork inspired them to take a closer look.

First we came up with a list of colors that we would need.  Shapes of beige, brown, red, blue were determined necessary.  Then everyone painted large sheets of paper using a variety of tools: Q-tips, fork tines, sponges…anything to give some texture.  Everyone understood that we would share the painted sheets so that their would be a variety of shades and textures.

Once the sheets were dry, I cut the sheets in to 1″ squares while my students drew themselves on white paper.  They had a hard time drawing themselves to fill the page, they wanted to draw cute little pictures but this project needed large drawings.

Then they started by filling in the background color with squares of color.  They could use any color they wanted.  They blended colors using more than one shade and assorted shapes. The fun really started when they were filling in their faces.


Faces in various stages of completion.



Give it a try!  Share your photos, I’d love to see them!


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