It was terrific and helped give me, my kids (and husband) an overview of his work as it progressed. After returning home I updated my Lichtenstein project for kids.
By taking a single panel of a comic and making a very large canvas painting, Lichtenstein had you focus on the way the image had to be portrayed based on the limitations of the printing process. Specifically the Ben-Day dot. Comics had to be produced in large quantities and rapidly, colors were limited, shadows and highlights were bold, and there were strong outlines.
Most of his work was adapted from actual comic panels which he would then alter as he saw fit.
The dialogue balloon provides another avenue for interpretation.
UPDATE: Thanks so much for Beverly for letting me know I misspelled the first one....it was one of those days!
- wc or heavy paper
- art board
- liquid tempera, acrylic, or disk tempera paint
- skewers, pencils, spoon handles, anything that will make a good "dot" imprint
- comic reference material
- magnifying glass, photocopier
- pencil and eraser
- fine and medium black sharpies
- tacky glue
Ben-Day dots in the composition that are visible with the naked eye. Recent comics no longer have this.
Use a magnifying glass or blow up one with a photocopier for further investigation. Lichtenstein was emphasizing this component of the printing process of the time.
Incidentally an art board is a rectangle of masonite that is about 16" x 24". I buy them at Home Depot or your local lumber supply store. The masonite or MDF is 1/4" thick and comes in a huge 8ft sheet. One sheet can be cut into 12 art boards and I just get the Home Depot staff to do this for me on their fancy cutting machine. Every Fall I get 24 cut for school and I now have stockpile of close to 200 as they last for years.
Because we want that "comic" look paint in the heavy black sections.
Don't worry about outlining as we will add this later in sharpie.
Lichtenstein used alot of bold primary colors (blue, red, and yellow).
Paint in a few of these areas.
Using the ends of skewers, paintbrushes, pencils, etc. add dots. Here I'm even adding some on top of the red bow I painted.
You want to closely pack in these dots so your characters don't look like they have the measles!
Lichtenstein liked blue dots in his backgrounds.
Use a ruler and pencil in lines to write your dialogue on.
Cut out a balloon and outline it in black.
Now your text can be taken straight from the panel you are using or you can come up with it on your own.
Social commentary is up to you and I'm sure with older kids you can see many extensions to this activity. Although Lichtenstein never took himself to seriously in this work.
Have a good weekend everyone.