A superhero can have any characteristics that we can invent--flying, fighting crime and saving the world is as easy to them as breathing or walking is to us. Despite having been around since 1917, superheroes never have to grow old or settle down, and this timelessness makes them endlessly appealing. Children especially enjoy the creativity that superhero projects prompt. Any of these art projects can be adapted for large or small groups and a range of ages--the only limit is imagination.
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Some projects can be completed with paper and simple craft items. Try creating a superhero of your own. She can be simply drawn on paper, crafted from fabric or magazine scraps or created as a collage. Don't forget to include special abilities, gadgets and costumes.
You can then use your superhero as the main character in a homemade comic. She could also feature on superhero-themed cards, alongside old favourites or new creations of your own.
Every superhero needs a mask to conceal her true identity, and this can be easily crafted from card stock, with eye holes, held round the head by a piece of elastic. The mask can be decorated in any way you please.
A superhero needs a costume that protects his secret identity and strikes fear into the heart of his enemies. The easiest superhero costume consists of a mask made according to the multimedia section and a matching cape. To make a simple cape, use a rectangle of fabric large enough to cover your shoulders and hang to at least the middle of your back. Glue squares of Velcro to the top corners to safely secure the cape around your neck.
A more complete costume is only limited by what you can think of. Try finding sweatpants and a T-shirt in similar colours and using fabric pens or paints to decorate the costume with your superhero emblem. Wear the costume with your mask and cape, and add large underpants in a contrasting colour for the traditional look.
Larger groups can decide whether to be superheroes, sidekicks and super-villains or to band together as a superhero team, maybe with matching costumes.
For an even quicker superhero effect, try face painting. Spiderman is a simple and popular design, as is a Batman mask, or you can create your own designs. Be sure to only use paint designed specifically for faces.
Create 3D models from a variety of substances.
Try using clay or salt-dough to make accessories for your superhero. Gadgets are invaluable for any crime-fighter.
Older children can try wire sculpture, either leaving the wire bare or using it as a base to cover with layers of glue-soaked tissue paper. This is an especially good technique for complicated models such as your superhero's mode of transport.
Building blocks are a cheap and clean way to create accessories and can be build and rebuilt according to your superhero's changing needs.
Photography, Film and Music Projects
Ideal for older children or as class activities, these projects use superheroes as a theme with which to explore music, film and photography.
Often the most easily recognisable aspect of a superhero is her theme tune. Start by listening to some of the most well known for inspiration; then create your own using a variety of instruments and voices or even computer effects.
Use your superhero costumes to dress up a group of friends. You could either pose in a series of tableus to be photographed or create a script to film your own superhero movie.
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