No-Prep Lichtenstein Project

Roy Lichtenstein is one of my favorite artists. His work is bright, bold, graphic, and thought provoking. We were visiting Chicago a couple of years ago, and as luck would have it, we were there during an AMAZING Lichtenstein retrospective at the Art Institute of Chicago. (Side note: if you are ever in the area, you need to visit this museum. It's seriously spectacular. I literally could have spent days wandering the halls.)

Ok, back to Lichtenstein. Seeing room after room filled floor to ceiling with his brightly colored pop masterpieces was truly phenomenal. Many children find his art to be exciting and approachable because of the minimal primary palette, and the comic inspired subject matter. If you haven't explored his art with your kids yet (or even if you already have), I have the perfect no-prep project that they will love. 

A super quick introduction

Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) was a American painter who is well known for his pop art depictions of everyday objects. His paintings are instantly recognizable as he often simulated the Ben-Day dot patterns present in the commercial printing of comic books, newspapers, and other mainstream media.

Pop Art looks out into the world. It doesn’t look like a painting of something, it looks like the thing itself.
— Roy Lichtenstein

The Project

  1. Look at Lichtenstein's Girl With Hair Ribbon with your child. (shown below)
  2. Print the outlined art (found here).
  3. Using markers (washable markers work well for younger artists), add color to the art. Think about solid areas of color vs. areas with dot patterns. You can follow Lichtenstein's style if you wish, or get creative and use different colors, switch up the dot vs. solid areas, and let your imagination go wild. If your child is having fun, they could repeat the project trying it a different way each time.

Extra Credit

You can use a page from a coloring book to explore this technique on different images. You could also draw your own solid black outline image to use.

I want to see your art! Share it on Instagram with the hashtag #arthistorykids, or email it to me to have it featured in the gallery section of this site.

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