LOVE – Robert Indiana Style!

Do you recognize this?

Robert Indiana's iconic LOVE artwork, and a Valentine's project for kids!

You’re probably most familiar with Robert Indiana’s iconic ‘LOVE’ design from seeing it on stamps, art prints, or from seeing his ‘HOPE’ graphic that's equally as popular, and was even used for Barak Obama’s campaign!

Originally, the LOVE design was created for the Museum of Modern Art’s Christmas card in 1965.

In 1970, he turned it into a sculpture, and it’s popularity just continued to grow.

For over 50 years, Indiana’s art can be everywhere!

This Valentine’s week, have a look at Robert Indiana’s art, and invite your kids to create something inspired by it’s bold and graphic simplicity.

Robert Indiana's iconic LOVE artwork, and a Valentine's project for kids!


Here’s a bit of information to get you started:

Robert Indiana's iconic LOVE artwork, and a Valentine's project for kids!

Robert Indiana was born Robert Earl Clark on September 13, 1928.

He was from New Castle, Indiana, and he took on the name of his home state while serving in the US military.

He studied art and graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago. He was friends with many big names in the art world, including Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin, Andy Warhol, and James Rosenquist.

Oddly enough, I wasn’t thinking at all about anticipating the love generation and hippies. It was a spiritual concept. It isn’t a sculpture of love any longer. It’s become the very theme of love itself.
— Robert Indiana

Now it’s your turn!

After looking at the artwork with your kids and telling them a little bit about Robert Indiana, you can discuss his use of color, his bold compositional arrangement, and the power of simplicity. Invite your kids to create their own Robert Indiana inspired valentines! (It can be similar to his art, or something very different… the sky’s the limit, and there is no right or wrong way to do this project.

When you’re done, come join us on Facebook and share your kids artwork!