Food Art: Create A Face Inspired by Arcimboldo

Ages 3+

Fun Fact: Arcimboldo’s The Four Seasons (painted in the late 1500s WOW) shows four portraits (in profile). Each portrait is made up of (painted) objects that represent that season! Can you spot all the different objects?

Four Seasons, by Giuseppe Arcimboldo


  • Uncooked pasta: penne, rotini, wheels, elbows are ideal but linguine can make for awesome hair!
  • Uncooked Rice
  • Flowers, sticks, petals, etc
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • 9”x 12” piece of cardboard for base (if you have it/size can be adjusted) Paper will work, too! 
  • Glue 


  • Sprinkles
  • Pieces of paper for collage
  • Scissors

Gather Your Art Making “Ingredients”

  • For a project with this many loose materials, it’s easiest to put each different food item in bowls. That way you and your family can pick and choose and pinch and sprinkle onto your base cardboard or piece of paper. 

Play and Lay:

  • Start by laying out your materials to make a basic face shape! No glue yet. 
    Consider: face SHAPE, eyes, nose, mouth, ears, eye brows
    Consider: Facial EXPRESSION! Is your person happy? Sad? Scared? Excited? 
  • Once you have your face laid out in a way that you LOVE, get that glue going 
    Fun tip: to fill in larger areas of the face, spread your glue and “pinch and sprinkle” your rice or other tiny food matter onto that glue
  • This is where those optional materials can also come to play: cut up paper to add in details like hair and clothes! 

Finishing Touches:

  • Use markers and/or crayons to add final details: wavy hair, glasses, earrings: it’s up to you!


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