This week K/1 worked on a project that I’ve wanted to do for a while. It was a self portrait in the style of American artist, Roy Lichtenstein. Lichtenstein was a ‘Pop’ Artist who was inspired by advertisements and comic strips. His bright, graphic images parodied popular culture. Students learned about Ben-day dots http://www.awdsgn.com/classes/fall09/webI/student/trad_mw/burgan/final_project/pages/technique.html and how Lichtenstein incorporated them into his art to produce the comic book style of art that we are familiar with today.
This lesson plan is courtesy of the following blog entitled, “Artistic Freedom,’ http://lawnim19artisticfreedom.blogspot.com/2013/02/5th-grade-lichtenstein-portraits.html?showComment=1360291242361
This was an ambitious project for K/1 to tackle and needed a fair amount of teacher assistance. (I was happy to trace each student’s photograph and provide a penciled outline of their face.) I knew how much fun they would have filling in their portraits with red, yellow and blue dots and solids. The students added dots to their portraits using the end of a new pencil eraser. I think you’ll agree that the end results were certainly worth all the effort 🙂