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we do this in the 7th grade, but i think it would work with elem, too. we
look at warhol and lichtenstein and talk about stuff like mass media,
consumerism, commercialism... also the comic book style look of licht, with
the benday dots. we visit toymuseum.com and each person picks an
advertising icon for their project (they have them all; this is the coolest
site!!!) we draw 'em and then make a composition which reflects
characteristics of licht. and warhol - repetition, comic book style,
"graphicness"... one student got out the hole puncher and used scrap
construction paper for her benday dots. we used mainly marker for the rest.
i suggested students make their character say something in a speaking
balloon. one year a student did a take off on his character and made it
kinda like a parody; i loved it and just about everyone does it now. some
of them are hysterical, some a little naughty! when i was in m.s. in the
70's there were stickers like that - a picture of a product like tide
detergent, only it would be called something a little different, like lied,
and it would show a bunch of nasty dirty clothes, like we lied, this won't
get your clothes clean... i would be ecstatic to find some of those
stickers - any leads out there?