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Re: pop art

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Stephanie Ignazio (smi)
Fri, 5 Feb 1999 17:41:43 -0500


Hi, I just did a project with my 6th graders on Andy Warhol. We discussed
his background, looked at his work, etc. Then I explained his philosophy and
what Pop Art stood for. We then took an icon from our day..the world of Walt
Disney aand created large 18 by 18 inch paintings of those characters. First
we made a border around the edge. To start drawing we isolated the
characters (wrapping paper images glued to same color cardboard) with a
cardboard L shape that covered everything else. It is somewhat similar to a
grid but more basic. They looked at the negative space, the lines, the
shapes, etc. When that was all done, we talked more about Warhol's use of
arbitrary color and they picked at least three---or more colors to paint
with. They came out FANTASTIC. The kids were really proud and they are
hanging up Warhol-style all grouped together like one big Marilyn Monroe
display. The only problem you may have is finding the images to use. I spent
about two hours total making these squares for them..but you could always
use another image, like Endangered animals and just uyse the arbitrary
color along with the drawing lesson. Another ideas which I didn't do
actually this year because we are starting Egypt would to have the kids pick
an everyday commercial product and make it a piece of art...like the Brillo
boxes. The kids really loved Warhol, they thought he was wacked just like
Dali, who we had done before. Good Luck, stephanie