Arcimboldo “Fruit Face”

Arcimboldo Fruit FaceGiuseppe Arcimboldo was an Italian artist from the 1500s who spent years working as an official court painter.
He developed a style of composing portraits from fruits, vegetables, etc., which was uniquely his own. There’s a great book about him called “Fruit Face” which is what I used to introduce this lesson.


• Magazine photos of food
• Scissors
• Glue sticks
• Black card stock  or construction paper


PREP:  Find lots of large, colorful images of all kinds of fruits and vegetables from either magazines or stock photos online. I found that has lots to choose from and are not too expensive. Make color prints or color copies of all the images.
1. Students cut out all the shapes and “build” a face by layering smaller, feature-like pieces on top of larger shapes. Careful cutting (removing all the background) will help make their face look nice and neat.

2. Lastly, the students will glue down all the shapes, starting with the background. Encourage lots of detail with clothes, accessories, etc.




2 Responses

  1. carlylennox

    I love this idea and can’t wait to try it out! Look for a book called How Are You Peeling? It’s by a photographer who scoured markets looking for unusually shaped fruit and veg to bring to life in his pictures.

  2. Teresa

    Thanks Cathy – great help for lesson I want to do tomorrow on Archimboldo!
    Teresa (in London)

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