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Lesson Plans

Profile project

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John & Sandra Barrick (astroboy)
Wed, 29 Apr 1998 18:48:11 -0400

Dear Group,
Thought of another Project. A silhouette of child (or in this case
Mom). You know how to do it with a lamp and black paper. I usually do
this with the little ones to teach profile and Egypt.
Make a profile of student(or have kids make a profile of their mom).
Have it fill a large piece of paper(12x18),on any color of paper.
Have them fill the profile with following material:

Natural/Eggshell Profile portrait

1 Face&Neck- Save the eggshells from eggs. Wash them out and let
them dry. Draw a face with hair and shoulders in a profile on a
sheet of paper. Spread glue over the face and neck,then squash the
onto it,the darker side of the eggshell up.

2 Fill any gaps with small bits of eggshell and let dry. Now cut out the

3 Glue lines of beans and seeds of pod bearing plants (peas & beans)
onto the shoulders to make a striped shirt. Spread glue between
the lines and spread lentils to fill the gaps. When glue is dried
shake off.

4.Paint a piece of thick cardboard as a background for the portrait.
Make sure that it is big enough for the head and shoulders. When dry
glue the profile to the cardboard.

5.Make hair by gluing corn silk,dried pasta,bark or coconut fiber to
the head.

6.Make a necklace from sunflower seeds,glue on a bean for an eye.
Decorate the hair with small pinecones,and stick pressed flowers
onto the background.

Option: Go on a nature walk to collect things to put in. If your in an
urban area and can't find a park then raid the kitchen.

Visual option: I like to have slides going or put up prints on the
subject. In this case profiles from different artists. Things which
are made from nature might also be an inspiration.

This project is adapted from: "Nature Crafts",by Lindsay Milne
She has directions for a grass head,which before getting this book I
tried with a Kindergarten class,what a mess. I guessed at what I needed.
It turned out okay but the grass sometimes moved to in front of the
face. She used saw dust which would work better than soil or mulch which
is what I used.