O-riginal Art Activities: Fabric Collage Portrait Inspired by Benny Andrews

If you missed the O-riginal Art Activity, here’s your chance to dive into a quick and easy project designed for all ages. Explore texture and pattern in your fabric collage inspired by Benny Andrews.

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Benny Andrews, Mother Death, 1992, Oil and collage, Gift of the Benny Andrews Foundation

Benny Andrews is known for his use of collage and fabric in his paintings. He often depicts people and scenes from daily life, especially highlighting the lives of poor people. Andrews was co-founder of the Black Emergency Cultural Coalition in 1969, an organization that brought awareness and inclusion of work by minority and women artists into major collections and exhibitions.

Supplies List: Fabric, Scissors, Cardstock, Glue sticks, Pencil


Step 1: Use a pencil to draw a portrait of yourself or your favorite person.

Step 2: Pick out some fabric to add to your image. Think about the colors and textures of the fabric.

Step 3: Use scissors to cut shapes from the fabric that fill in the spaces on your image.

Step 4: Use a glue stick to glue the fabric onto your image. Be sure to put glue on the back of the fabric and also the area on the paper where you want to glue it.