I've been spending a lot of time trying to come up with a fun project to do with families with kids that will result in a finished art piece in about 30 minutes. This is for my paper collage art theory class at MOCA (link here: https://www.marinmoca.org/) this coming November. I'm using nice washi paper and some recycled paper from an old telephone book.
For now, after some trial and error (see prior post,) I've decided on a paper collage portrait in the style of Yayoi Kusama. This Pinterest link: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/230809549637151790/?lp=true includes Yayoi Kusama's 2016 self portrait in yellow and purple. It's simple, it uses complementary colors, and it's contemporary. The image above is my self portrait done in somewhat of a Kusama style.
There are several great projects on-line for kids to create collage portraits in the style of Picasso, or Paul Klee or Matisse. I thought it would be fun to do something in the style of a living, contemporary artist instead. I have thrown in a few words of things I love to fill out the negative space. Drawing the words out, inking them and painting them in, however, made the project take longer than desired, so the negative space surrounding the main object may have to stay empty!