Shadow/Silhouette Drawings

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Students can use their own profiles to create art. This activity teaches students about light, shade and shadow.

By Andrea Mulder-Slater

What You Need:

  • Flashlight (and a dark(ish) room)
  • Construction paper (white & black)
  • Pencils
  • Poster board
  • Masking tape
  • A friend to trace your silhouette

What You Do:

  1. Tape a piece of white construction paper to the wall in a dark room.
  2. Place the flashlight on a table. Shine the light at the white construction paper.
  3. Sit between the light and the paper so that your profile appears on the paper.
  4. Have a partner trace around your silhouette onto the paper.
  5. Remove the paper from the wall and make sure your lines are smooth.
  6. Next, cut the silhouette out of the paper, place onto black construction paper, trace around it and cut it out.
  7. Glue the black silhouette onto white poster board. Add your name and date to the work.

Optional: You may wish to add more than one silhouette to the poster board (as shown in example above).