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.