Giuseppe Arcimboldo was a talented 16th century Italian artist whose work included court portraitist, decorator, and costume designer. It was, however, his unique and unusual portraits that he is best known for, where fruits, vegetables, plant material and other unexpected objects were assembled to create human representations. While this might seem out of the ordinary, his greatly admired paintings were made during the Renaissance, a period where lots of unusual explorations in art took place. Needless to say, this project was a hit. Kids loved the idea of making their art and eating it too.
- surface to create your portrait on, like a tray
- selection of fruits, vegetables, plant material like flowers
- camera to photograph your portrait
1. Use the internet and search for “Giuseppe Arcimboldo” to find images of his work, so you gain an understanding of how he assembled these materials to create facial features. When doing your research, make note of what Arcimboldo used to create these features in his portraits, like pea pod eyelids or strawberry lips.
2. When collecting fruits, vegetables, and flowers for this project, your best bet is to have a variety of sizes and colour options available so you can easily represent all the facial features. And be resourceful. Hunt around your home or garden as a starting point.
3. Lay your items out and play with different combinations until your face comes to life. Since this will definitely not last like Arcimboldo’s paintings, make sure you take some photographs. A framed photo hanging up in the kitchen would look fabulous. You may even want to end this whole experience by eating the end result! Grab some dip, or make your favorite vegetable soup, because sometimes art is only meant to be temporary.
Have a look at this blog where you can find some great ideas for kids crafts, and where Hodaya was kind enough to link to this project: kidsfuncraft.wordpress.com