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In my previous post, I shared a few basic photography tips that you can share with your kids. Today I’m sharing part 2 – a DIY art project using the photos that your kids captured. This project does involve cutting the photo, so you might print an extra copy if you know your child will want one for their own personal collection.
* 5×7 prints – you can really do any size
* Heavy weight paper – I used drawing paper
* Colored pencils
* Acid-free double-sided tape – or you can use glue, but look for acid-free if you want it to last longer.
Step 1: Cut your picture in half
Step 2: Apply double-sided tape to the back of one half of the picture (or use glue)
Step 3: Adhere the side of the photo with the tape to the paper
Step 4: Now you are going to have your child draw the ‘missing half’ of the image. Keep the ‘missing half’ close by so your child can look off of it as he/she draws. Encourage your child to use soft pencil lines instead of hard ones. When using colored pencils, you can also show your child that pressing hard with the colored pencils creates a darker color and pressing lightly creates a lighter color.
My kids each took three pictures last week: a close up, one outside and one using a window behind them. We cut each photo in half and they completed this project with all three of their images. We saved the ‘missing part’ side because they want to do it again using those sides. I did with activity with kids ages 4, 6, 8, and 10.
There are numerous ways you can change up this project and ways to customize the difficulty according to your child’s age and ability. My kids loved being able to combine photography with art. To be honest, I love that combination too.
For photography tips from Ashley, check out her posts Improving Phone Photography and Phone Photography Tips for Kids. To see more of Ashley’s work, check out Under the Sycamore, SnapShop workshops and follow her on Instagram.