Friday, December 21, 2012

Lichtenstein Portraits

3rd, 4th, & 5th grade made portraits in the style of Roy Lichtenstein. It was very interesting to teach the same lesson to three different grades and to see how each of them comprehended the same information. 5th grade's were the best; they seemed to have the patience and skills to complete the project correctly. 4th grade had the most creative captions on their pictures, and my poor 3rd graders were at the bottom. Not because I don't think they have the skills to do it, but I think it's because they've never done any kind of art that makes them think as much and use mathematical and scientific skills to create art. It was completely foreign to them and the didn't get that they had to really listen and concentrate to get it right. Nevertheless, every grade produced interesting works that they were proud of.
The project requirements: Students had to use the rules of proportion (eyes in the middle of the face, mouth half way between the chin and nose, etc.)
The had to only use red, yellow and blue (we talked about primary colors and classic comic book style, relating it to Ironman, Superman, etc. who were primary colors).
They had to use comic style dots on the face (We looked at some close-ups of Liechtenstein's works to see dots).
And if they had time, they added a speech bubble (like in Lichtenstein's Drowning Girl, we talked about how art can tell stories).

she broke the rules by using purple, but it still looks very nice!