Following on from our earlier work on surrealism Mrs Brown has been teaching us all about "Pop Art"
and that it is a "direct descendant of Dadaism in the way it mocks the established art world by appropriating images from the street, the supermarket, the mass media, and presents it as art in itself."
Roy Lichenstein is famous for using the primary colours and Benday dots of the cheap printing processes of 50's comic books, The 'Whaam' picture is loved by most boys. But one of his first pieces of work in 1962 was of a Mickey Mouse and donald duck cartoon.
Andy Warhol (1928 -1987) was another American artist &
probably the most famous member of the Pop Art movement. We looked at silk screen process used to make the fabric banners in the school hall way back in 2002. His most famous works today include the Marilyns
"In August 62 I started doing silkscreens. I wanted something stronger that gave more of an assembly line effect. With silkscreening you pick a photograph, blow it up, transfer it in glue onto silk, and then roll ink across it so the ink goes through the silk but not through the glue. That way you get the same image, slightly different each time. It was all so simple quick and chancy. I was thrilled with it. When Marilyn Monroe happened to die that month, I got the idea to make screens of her beautiful face the first Marilyns."
He also used other 'POP'ular figures of the day such as Elvis, Jaquie and the very famous Che Guevara print in 1963. This was using bright contrasting blocks of colour with no outline.
Andy Warhol became a popular figure in his own right mixing with stars and editing magazines he is often quoted. One of his most famous sayings about TV was "Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes" though years later he said "I'm bored with that line. I never use it anymore. My new line is 'In 15 minutes everybody will be famous.'"
In the 80's Warhol used Mickey Mouse in his work and produced several silk screens in a variety of colours. We looked at how the different colours used in what is essentially the same image changed the look mood and feel of the prints.
We used our own favourite comic characters to create our mock-silk screen images by tracing over our cartoon drawings using a thick felt pen then colouring each of the four images in different colours.
This is a lovely project and you can see that the children choose to practice their own drawing skills and draw their cartoons. But the nice thing about this project is children who feel they are "no good at art" and tend to switch off can print off an image and trace that. Tracing itself is a skill, but this lesson is not just about a technical ability it is about the use of colour, and you can see that all the children have had a go and thoroughly enjoyed producing these exciting images.
You can see some of our work on display in the corridor outside the staff room.
You are going to love exploring this website, the Andy warhol page includes an audio link so you can hear him. You can also play around with the colours of a 'Marilyn head' and see how the colours affect the mood of the picture