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Sunday, October 21, 2012

5th Grade COMIC YOU!

Ok now wait… Maybe this is my favorite self-portrait… I can’t choose!

Anyway 5ht grade learns about the comic inspired art of 
Roy Lichtenstein. 
Students look for themes in his work and at the variety of different mediums he used to produce art during his lifetime.

This assignment has 3 equally important components.
The Background
The Comic Portrait
The Speech/ Thought Bubble


When we create the background we discuss good and bad design by placing simple, primary color shapes on paper.
It’s not as easy as it seems. Students have to really take their time to arrange and rearrange their pieces so that the shapes themselves are interesting to look at.


Then we practice drawing like a comic and creating our own facial expressions. My students do a lot of practice and draft work in order to get to the big, bold, final drawing.

We have a lot of fun talking about old comic and the dots many works by Lichtenstein. This year I gave my students the option to thoughtfully add dots to their project, if they wish, using bubble wrap and tempera paint.


As they work students are constantly thinking about a text that could go with their final portrait. We discuss how adding text to a work of art can either help or hurt it so we have to be very very careful about what we write and how we write it.

They turn out quite humorous and are a big hit in the hallway!

 i'll be sure to add more pictures as we finish :)


  1. Brilliant! I love the selective placement of printed dots, and the captions are perfect. A great example of using famous art work to inspire, rather than just to copy :)

  2. LOVE these! I'm going to have to work this into my Modern Art series! So cool--I'm sure my kiddos are going to love them. Thanks for posting, Mrs. P (

  3. Love these! I do a similar project with Matisse, but I love the colors, the dots, and of course the speech/thought bubbles.

  4. This is what I call new -thinking. Lovely project. Thank you for sharing :). Please, visit and follow my blog on: (Meet the Creative Part of Me).

    Greetings from a Danish Atr Teacher.