Monday, February 21, 2011

Masterpiece Monday: Silhouettes

In honor of President's Day, we made silhouettes.  Though I could not think of a silhouette "masterpiece" off the top of my head, I did find some information about August Edouart and a whole website devoted to silhouettes!

Black paper
White paper
Bright light source

1)  Discuss the presidential faces on the sides of coins (the US Mint is a great resource -- they also have a special site for kids).  Discuss what a profile shot looks like and share photos of silhouettes (there are several here).

 (She's very happy to be doing this project.  Well, not really...but she was cheerful by the end!)

2)  Tape a black piece of paper to the wall.  Stand your child in front of the paper and shine a direct light onto them.

3)  Trace the profile.  Have your child cut it out. 

4)  Glue the silhouette to a sheet of white paper.

This project requires pretty good scissor skills, so it works best for ages four and up.

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Blogger Jenae said...

That's so funny! We did a similar project for President's day as well! Great minds must think alike. :) Well, your mind is probably great...mine not so much!

February 21, 2011 at 12:53 PM  
Blogger Stacie said...

Hopefully, your little guys were happier about it than my middle girl! She was a bit grouchy to have the light shining on her!

ha, ha..I've read your blog -- and it is fabulous!! :)

February 21, 2011 at 3:11 PM  
Blogger Kristi @ Creative Connections for Kids said...

What a wonderful keepsake.

February 21, 2011 at 8:15 PM  

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