Friday, June 14, 2013


Pop Art is visually appealing to students. However, the first question they usually ask is “How can that be art?” This question provides a wonderful way to explore the ways that people define art. It also can lead students to look at individual works of art in a more critical way. They can discuss the purpose for which the artist created the work, the audience for which the work is intended, and explore the work's subject matter. 

The Pop Art movement was cultivated in England during the 1950's and spread to America in the 1960's. Following the optimism and prosperity that defined the 1950s in America, Pop artists sought an edgier approach to the concerns and issues that were inherent in 1960s America, which was quickly becoming a landscape of social and political unrest.

Pop Art was a movement intended to both represent and appeal to the masses rather than the elite. The movement took the ordinary (like Campbell’s Soup cans and images of Marilyn Monroe) and made it extraordinary by redefining it as art. Artist 
Roy Lichtenstein appropriated scenes from comic strips and made them larger than life, while Andy Warhol refashioned photographs as huge paintings and silkscreens. 
(this info about pop art  culture courtesy of lesson they also have amazing artist lessons) 

I studied Andy Warhol & Roy Lichtenstein, with my class, we watched some slide shows and read their biographies. We were inspired to re-create some of their most famous pieces. It was a lot of fun!

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