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Cray-Pas Portrait Distortion by Candie Cooper

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Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic.


Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range: 2 to 6

Skill Level: Advanced

Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day and Rainy Days

Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Visual Arts
Time needed for project:
40 minutes to 1 hour

Materials Needed:
-1 photo on 8.5 x 11” paper of a person’s face or an animal. You can use an image from a magazine or print one off at home.
- Sakura® Cray-Pas® set

1. Find a photograph of a face or an animal that you like in a magazine. If you have a picture of you pet you can print off your own!
15-20 min.

2. Using Cray-pas, color over the figure and background in your photos. Try to bring out colors from the photograph that might be overlooked, like shades you can see in light and shadows. Use bright shades to make the picture pop!
20-30 min.

3. Cover the entire page with Cray-pas and you’ll have a whole new portrait!


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