Be Creative! Projects : Popcorn Art Sculptures
Popcorn Art: What Do YOU See in the Popped Kernel?
Creative Conceptual Imaging (Starch Gazing)
By Chris Dunmire
Inspired by Harry Kalenberg's popcorn sculptures combined with "cloud gazing" with your imagination, my popcorn art project will give your brain a creative starchy workout!
The idea here is to use popped popcorn as a basis for creating people, places, or things you "see" (think clouds!) in the form and essence of the starchy kernel. This can be done quickly with markers or paint, or turned into a digital art form after scanning popcorn into an image editing program like Photoshop and applying virtual colors, filters, or directly drawing over the picture like I've done with my dog and cat popcorn sculptures above (this way is less messy and lasts forever!).
There's no wrong way to do popcorn art, so you can totally relax and have fun with this. To scope out your options and the pros and cons between doing your art hands-on vs. on the computer, read through the entire project below and use the guidelines and tips to get you started.
Project Materials Needed:
What You'll Learn:
That it's okay to play with your food! And if you scan your popcorn into an image editing program, you'll quickly begin thinking of all the other "things" you can possibly scan. Be forewarned, scanning in objects for art projects is addictive!
The NEXT Creative Step...
If you liked doing popcorn art, check out Harry Kalenberg's Pop-N-Paint ® Web site to see his popcorn creations as featured on Ripley's Believe It or Not!
What else can you do with popped or un-popped popcorn and art materials? •
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