Drawing faces can be difficult, even for experienced artists, but through using simple cardboard raised templates of eyes, nose, mouth etc., participants can use wax crayons to make rubbings, or to use the art term, ‘frottage’, to create a complete and unique face which they can add details to. Though simple to do, the finished faces are full of line and contrast shading and can look very sophisticated.
For creating the ready-made face element templates:
For doing the frottage:
Participants could be encouraged to draw, cut out and glue their own face element templates together; it could then be fun for a group to share different templates and make new ‘mix-n-match’ faces.
A further extension to making individual faces could be making a large mural type piece with lots of faces with added bodies and animals etc., which could, for example, be based on a poem or part of a story.
Ways to adapt for less able residents:
The beauty of using ready-made templates is that pretty much anyone who can hold a crayon can have a go at making Frottage Faces. If applying physical force with a hard crayon is problematic for a participant, try using softer oil pastels or charcoal.
Ways to adapt from group to individual and vice versa:
Individual faces can be brought together and glued to a larger mural type piece of paper to make a group artwork. It’s fun to talk through what characters will be made beforehand, perhaps with reference to a poem or story, so that participants can add relevant details to their images as they make them and so that they have a sense of working to a larger end goal.