Friday, February 3, 2012

Paper Bag Self Portrait

If you follow me on facebook I mentioned we've been creating with paper bags for TinkerLab's Creative Challenge and now we have far too many ideas and we need to start sharing now!  For this activity I presented C with a bunch of supplies: paint bingo markers, pom poms, construction paper, stickers, scissors, markers, and more! And, of course, some paper grocery bags!!! She came up with a Paper bag portrait of herself! Perhaps she was inspired by our Paper Bag Puppets that we did about a month ago?  It turns out that this is an activity many Art Therapists use...keep reading to find out more!

C got working on her idea right away! She didn't like the writing on the bag,  so we quickly covered the words up with yellow construction paper!  Then she began drawing a face right away!

Soon after that, she began adding more with paint bingo markers, smiley stickers, hair like our construction paper strip sculpture (she reminded me),  and more construction paper , and pom poms! Then she said,  "I'm done!" Definitely the attention span of a typical 5 year old!

And that is why the post is over....that is about how long it took C to make this!
I think the paper bag self portrait turned out rather well.
 What do you think? 

An Art Therapy Activity?
***The interesting thing about this Paper Bag Self Portrait Idea is that it is featured as an Art Therapy Activity here from The Art Therapy Blog.  I researched a bit more and found this to be a popular activity that people do in an art therapy session!  On the front of the bag you are to make your self portrait (like C did), then on the sides and back express fears, dreams, and aspirations.  Then inside the bag put things that about yourself.  I love the idea about putting things inside the bag...C would love doing that!

Here is a Paper Bag Self Portrait that someone submitted from the post I mentioned above.  Pretty cool, huh? I think so.

Now I am inspired to create a Paper Bag Self Portrait! 
I would love to try this with a group of kids to see what they would create.  This would make a great "Getting To Know You Activity" too.

Are you inspired to create a Paper Bag Self Portrait?

Join TinkerLab's Creative Challenge...Feb. 6



  1. Wow! What a great idea. Your daughter did an amazing job! I love the vibrant colors!

  2. Wow, this is neat! I still want to join that challenge, but we have so many things to do for Valentine's Day and so little time...

  3. This is a wonderful idea! I will remember this next year for our all about me week!

  4. That's cool to know about the art therapy connection. Totally makes sense and I imagine it can be a powerful process.I love all of C's creations and can't wait to see what she comes up with for the challenge!!

    1. Thank you Rachelle! I thought it was so great with the Art Therapy connection. I definitely want to try a self portrait too.