STEAM | 16 October 2015DIY Dog Portraits Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Walk in most homes in which a child lives and you will inevitably see artwork displayed on the refrigerator and walls. Children are creative and prolific as artists, and they can appreciate the artistic talents of others. DIY Dog Portraits allows kids and families to both enjoy the art of others and create art of their own. In easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions, budding artists are shown how to create works of art much like those of famous artists. And even more of a bonus—the subject of the artwork is a child’s best friend…dogs! Take, for example, the Paper Collage project. Excerpted from DIY Dog Portraits Paper collage is an expressive, lively, and inexpensive art form. You can use anything from old books and magazine pages to fabric and fancy scrapbooking papers! The step-by-step directions make it easy for anyone to take a photograph of a beloved dog and get ready to make it even cuter! Excerpted from DIY Dog Portraits This project is not only fun, but works on many important fine motor skills which children need to acquire. There is of course using a pencil, as well as tracing, brush strokes, and cutting. Excerpted from DIY Dog Portraits STEP 5 Once your marker drawing is complete, go through your magazines. Tear out the colors you need for your portrait. For this example, I tore out blues for the background along with oranges, yellows, dark browns, grays, and black for the dog. I also collected pinks for the tongue and greens for the collar! Look at that—the project even provides practice with color identification and categorizing! While the book mentions magazines, fabric, and scrapbooking papers, another option is tissue paper. Eric Carle, the genius illustrator behind such children’s classics as The Very Hungry Caterpillar and countless more, uses tissue paper to create his well-recognized illustrations. Check out this video (LINK) and you will easily see the similarities between his process and the one employed by this project. Your child won’t even know all of these educational skills are embedded within the fun projects of DIY Dog Portraits, especially when he or she sees the finished product! DIY Dog Portraits: Featuring 8 different art styles and more than 30 ideas to turn the love for your pet into a work of art Author: Dave Garbot Author: Robbin Cuddy Author: Alicia VanNoy Call Author: Jennifer McCully Author: Maritza Hernandez Author: Jessica Ferrara Author: Jessica L. Barnes Author: Pauline Molinari Format: Flexibound, 80 Pages ISBN: 9781633220386 Pub date: Nov 2, 2015 Publisher: Walter Foster Jr. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: $9.95 / £6.99 Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.