Sunset Silhouette

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The class viewed a Power Point presentation of sunset silhouettes. I’ve included the Powerpoint presentation in the supplies list, but it takes a few seconds for it to download.  Some of the things we noted about silhouettes: 1. you need to think of the light source as being from the back rather than from the front; 2. if there is more than one object or person in silhouette, there must be distance between them or they merge; 3. you want silhouetted people in profile, rather than straight on, so that features like a nose or mouth are outlined and are more recognizable.


  • Sunset Silhouettes (Powerpoint)
  • White construction paper
  • Black construction paper
  • Magazine pictures
  • Double sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Oil pastels
  • Glue stick


  1. Choose an appropriate picture from a magazine that will be the silhouette. (To save class time, I had torn pages from magazines with fitting pictures.)
  2. Cut the image with at least one inch margin around it. Using small pieces of double sided tape, tape the back of the image to the black construction paper.
  3. Carefully cut around the image and then remove the image from the black silhouette.
  4. Prepare the background by using oil pastels. Tear pieces of the black construction paper as the ground area and glue to the sunset background.
  5. Glue the silhouette, or sihouettes, to the background.

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1 Response to Sunset Silhouette

  1. Dianne McDermott says:

    Love the idea! We are starting an animal classification unit and hope to incorporate this. Thanks.

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