Ok now wait… Maybe this is my favorite self-portrait… I can’t choose!
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 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.
SPEECH &or THOUGHT BUBBLE
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 :)