Paper Portraits

Exploring Materiality Through Self Portraits

Lesson 2


Learning Activity 1

Paper is one of mankind’s most revolutionary inventions. The invention of paper finally put an end to the cumbersome task of carving on wood or stone. While it is not known when exactly paper was invented, it originated from China many centuries ago and is still widely used around the world today. Do you know how paper is made? Let's watch the video below to find out more. 

Share Your Learning 

Think of one interesting thing  you have learnt about paper from the video.

You can craft your answer using the Thinking Routine, "I used to think.... But now I think..."

Share your thoughts with a partner.

Did   You   Know?


A single pine tree can produce an estimated 80,500 sheets of paper and every tonne of recycled paper can save about 17 trees. So remember to always reuse and recycle paper so that you can do your part to save the planet.

If you are interested to learn more about the process of recycling paper, you can watch the video found here.


Learning Activity 2

What is texture?

Texture is an art element and it refers to the way an object feels to the touch or looks as it may feel if it were touched. Lets watch the video below to learn more about texture. 


How do you feel about this song?

             Thumbs Up

if you like this song. 


             Thumbs Sideways

if you are not sure if you like this song.

             Thumbs Down

if you do not like this song.

Art Challenge

Look at all the different textures you can find in the artwork below. 

Can you guess how the artist created all the different textures? 

Whats other textures can you make? Let's explore!


30 minutes


A3 Drawing Paper

Construction Paper

Glue Stick