ART TO GO Activity 2


This activity is inspired by Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo who lived from 1527 - 1593.  He painted unique portraits filled with objects like fish, flowers, books, and vegetables. Create your own modern self-portrait inspired by his work. Check out Arcimboldo's most famous piece called Vertumnus 1590-1591 .

  • Draw a simple outline of your face and upper body on a piece of paper - fill up the whole page. Use a photograph of yourself to help guide you.  Don't worry about making it perfect because you are going to fill it in with cut images.  
  • Gather up old magazines and cut out objects like fish, flowers, books, and vegetables.  Also, search for objects that represent your personality. If you can't find things you like in the magazines- draw your own.
  • Use a glue stick to fill in your eyes, nose, lips, entire face and upper body with all your cut pieces.  Overlap the pieces so that your when you are finished you cannot see any of the paper.
  • Color in the background with the color of your choice.


Artists known for their self portraits:

  • Chuck Close
  • Vincent van Gogh
  • Rembrandt
  • Leonardo da Vinci
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 12:00am
Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art