Quick & Easy (& fun) Lichtenstein Study

I love Lichtenstein!

Seriously, he's one of my favorites. I was so excited to find out that there was a retrospective of his work at the Art Institute of Chicago when we were visiting family there a couple of years ago. His work is captivating, and it's also really fun for kids to reproduce.

All you'll need is:

  • Paper (or the template from the resource library)
  • Markers
  • Ink pads or thinned out paint on a plate
  • Pencils with new erasers (perfectly circle)

If your kids are interested, you can explain to them that Lichtenstein was part of a movement called Pop Art, where artists painted everyday things from popular culture. While Andy Warhol used the actual process of screen printing, Roy Lichtenstein replicated the look of it on a grand scale (many of his paintings are HUGE). He painted his images to look like comic book pages, or advertisements from magazines and phone books. 

"What's a phone book, Mom?"

See! You're kids will even get a mini history lesson in the midst of this art project!


Now for the instructions...

  1. Using your markers, draw a simple image and leave lots of white space.
  2. Use a different pencil eraser for each color of ink (or paint) you have.
  3. Dip the eraser in the ink/paint.
  4. Stamp your image.
  5. Repeat.

There you have it! If you are feeling ambitious, and you can find dot markers (I found some at our dollar store) you could do this project on a large scale using poster board or foam core.

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