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Make a food face

  • Written byCarys Thomas
  • Published date 16 August 2023
Left: 'Fruit Basket' by Giuseppe Arcimboldo. Right: 'Vertemnus' by Giuseppe Arcimboldo | Images: Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

This Future Creatives activity is inspired by the 16th Century Italian artist, Giuseppe Arcimboldo.

Arcimboldo was known for his imaginative paintings made of fruits, vegetables and flowers arranged to look like a face. His work has been a source of inspiration for many surrealist artists including Salvador Dali.

Have a go at making your own unique food face with this quick and easy exercise.

Images: Pexels

What you will need

To make your food face you will need the following materials:

  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Eraser
  • Colouring materials of your choice
  • Some fruit and vegetables
  • Other natural objects such as pine cones or flowers

Step 1

Find some fruit and vegetables to use for your food face. Try to collect a variety of foods like bananas, tomatoes, carrots and broccoli. Ask an adult to help if you need to.

Step 2

Think about the shape of the fruit and vegetables. What would make a good nose? Lips? Eyes? Can you arrange these on your paper to make a face? You could get someone to do this with you.

Step 3

When you are happy with your food face, have a good at drawing it. Use a pencil to draw the outline so you can rub out any mistakes along the way.

Step 4

Add colour with colouring pencils, pens or whatever you have to hand at home.

Step 5

When you’ve finished, you may want to take a photo of your food face to share with your friends! You could also try making animal faces with the same technique.

We’d love to see what you are making and share across our channels to inspire creativity. Share your work on Instagram by tagging @ualfuturecreatives.

Are you interested in our art classes for kids and teenagers? Find out why it’s never too early to start making art with our art classes for kids and teenagers.

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