Inspired by a great activity from a great art teacher's site called Art Projects for Kids, the cousins made self-portraits this summer in the style of Chuck Close.
First we traced black-and-white print-outs of 'face shots' through carbon paper onto graph paper. It isn't easy finding carbon paper anymore, but luckily for us, my parents had some leftover from the 1970s.
The next step was tedious, but creative. The kids colored each square of the graph paper with a different design, having no two adjoining squares match. The colors of the squares matched what the kids imagined would be the color of that part of the portrait (for examples, a variety of browns might compose the hair, a variety of pinks would make the lips).
Not only was this a fun activity for a rainy day of Camp Gramp, but the children tell me (now that winter is upon us) that some of them have learned about or seen Chuck Close's work since we did this activity; they can relate to it now that they've experienced it.