Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Lichtenstein Portraits

- Paper
- Black and White Photographs of each student
- Watercolor Paint
- Paintbrushes
- Water
- Sharpie Marker
- Pencils
- Tracing Paper
- Light Boxes/ Windows

1. Print out each student's portrait in black and white.

2. Either directly onto the print out, or onto a piece of tracing paper, trace over the major outlines of the portrait. Don't forget hair lines and chins! I demonstrate how to draw just the bridge and nostrils and not an entire "triangle" around the nose. I also explain that if their teeth are showing, not to draw in every single tooth but rather an outline of the shape.

3. Using a light box or a window, trace that contour onto a piece of "good paper."

4. I printed out paper with horizontal lines to place under neath their portait to use as a guide. It was my attempt to have them make nice, straight and organized dots. Some students, however, had a hard time seeing the lines beneath their portraits, oh well.

Using just a small dish of water, students used just the eraser end of a pencil to dip into the water and then into a watercolor well. They used this method to stamp in their dots.



My only requirement was to use ben day dots for their skin. Other areas were optional to either fill in with dots or paint in solid. Adding a speech bubble was also optional.



5. Outline with sharpie.

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  1. This was great! I was wanting to incorporate more art into my room this year, and this tutorial is perfect for me.
    The Meek Moose

  2. These are cute; we had a lot of fun doing this year in my classroom. I posted a image based, downloadable, tutorial on it last November

  3. I can't wait to try this out with my older students! When I do it I will make sure to link to it on my blog!