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Focus on feelings in facial expressions while drawing in the comic book style of Roy Lichtenstein.
Roy Lichtenstein was born in New York on October 27, 1923. Lichtenstein worked as both a professor of art and an exhibiting artist. His artwork was exhibited at a World's Fair, the Paris Biennale, the Guggenheim Museum, and many other prestigious places.
Lichtenstein's most famous art resembles comic book illustrations in everything except its large scale. His subject matter was popular culture, earning his work the label of Pop Art. The images he drew were outlined and filled with flat color and textural dots, exactly as if they were comics. With a partner, compare his paintings In the Car and Takka Takka to pictures you might find in comic books. Identify several similarities and differences.
Invite students to investigate some of the techniques that comic book artists use to tell more about their characters and plots. Often, these artists include words or thought bubbles containing alternate images to explain the meaning of their drawings.
To begin a drawing in this comic book style, students use a black Crayola® Washable Marker to draw a portrait of a person who is thinking about something. Draw the person's face fairly large, and show the person's feelings by giving him or her the appropriate facial expression.
Draw a thought bubble in the space near the subject. In the thought bubble, draw whatever the person is thinking about.
Students cover their work areas with recycled newspaper. Use Crayola Watercolors and Watercolor Brushes to color in drawings. Dry.
On the back of the portraits, students write a short description of their characters' thoughts with Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils.
Post student artwork in a prominent place in the classroom. Allow time in the school day for students to view each other's work. Discuss how Lichtenstein's techniques were used in student work.
Storytelling meets visual arts in the style of Jacob Lawrence, African American artist and storyteller.
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