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Magnetic Portraits | Virtual Bonus Open Studio

Due to CAMH’s suspension of in-person public gatherings, a modified presentation of this art-making activity premiered on CAMH’s IGTV.

Repurposing magnetic media-based materials, such as VHS and audio cassette tapes, create an experimental self-portrait inspired by Slowed and Throwed artists use of unconventional photography and new media.

Video Instructions


Materials

Paper (construction paper, card stock, copy paper, etc.)

Magnetic media (VHS tapes, audio cassette tapes)

Adhesive (craft clue, glue sticks, tape)

Drawing utensils (crayons, colored pencils, markers, pens)

Scissors

Small screwdriver


Instructions

01. LAY OUT MATERIALS

Find a place at home where you can safely layout your materials and comfortably work on your storyboard.

 

02. UNWIND MAGNETIC MEDIA

Find the base of the VHS or cassette, grasp magnetic tape, then gently pull out. You can continue to gently pull tape as you go or collect tape before using. If you want the artwork to look like it is unwinding from the tape, trace the tape at the bottom of the page. You can connect tape back to the image in Step 4.

 

03 SKETCH YOUR PORTRAIT

Draw out your portrait onto paper first. It will help get an idea of how to lay out your magnetic tape.

 

04. ARRANGE MAGNETIC TAPE

Take your time to layout magnetic tape onto your image. Glue or tape down your magnetic tape to bring your portrait to life. For the unwinding tape look, glue plastic tape to the paper where you traced and use magnetic tape to connect to your drawing.

 

05. PERSONALIZE

Using your drawing materials, add color, text, and patterns to enhance your portrait.

 

06. SHARE

Take a picture and share your work! Be sure to tag us using the hashtags #MuseumFromHome #ConnectWithCAMH


Vocabulary

Portrait – a painting, drawing, or photograph of a person.


Go further

Family Review for Slowed and Throwed

Teacher Guide for Slowed and Throwed


About Open Studio

CAMH’s Open Studio events feature drop-in, hands-on activities that draw inspiration from the exhibitions on view. The first Saturday of every month you will have an opportunity to explore imaginative concepts inspired by world-renowned artists who show at the Museum by making your own artworks in response to theirs. Experiment with new materials, explore fresh ideas, and make new friends. Whether you stay for five minutes or two hours, you’re invited to interact with art in new and profound ways at Open Studio. All ages are welcome; admission is always free.