Tea Time with Roy Lichtenstein

Roy_LichtensteinRoy Lichtenstein by Eric Koch

Roy Lichtenstein was born October 27, 1923 in New York City.  As a child, he was interested in science and art, and after studying art in college, he became an art teacher.  At this time, Abstract Expressionism was very popular and much of his early work was in this style, but one day he made a large painting of a cartoon with Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse.  Not only was this painting very different from his previous work, but he tried very hard to make it look like a printed image instead of a painting, even going so far as to paint Ben-Day dots on the picture.

Lichtenstein made more paintings based on comic books and advertisements and took his work to an art dealer.  Right around this same time, an artist named Andy Warhol also brought his work to the same dealer, who realized this was a big change for the art world!  Lichtenstein’s work was not well received at first because most people didn’t understand Pop Art and what he was trying to do.  As time passed, though, people began to see that these weren’t just copies of comic book panels; they were original creations that were interesting and fun to look at.  By the time he passed away in 1997, Roy Lichtenstein was a very successful artist.

Lichtenstein BooksThere are some great books on Roy Lichtenstein that are geared toward kids.  We enjoyed:

3We tried making comic balloons following the plans at Kids Artists.  The words took a fair amount of time, so we did this project over two sessions.

4We made Lichtenstein-inspired landscapes based on this activity from Rainy Day Mum.  Instead of dot markers, though, we used pencil erasers in ink to make nice, uniform dots.

5My favorite project was the Lichtenstein Style Portraits from Art Projects for Kids.  There is a template there to download, so you just draw the picture and color in the dots.  It is time consuming–you can see I never got mine completed!–but it was fun to do.

6This is the one my five year old did!

If you’re looking for more project ideas, try this low prep activity at Art History Kids.  All you have to do is print the page and go!

7I always like to take my kids to see some of the artist’s work in person if I can, so when we studied Roy Lichtenstein we took a trip to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.  If you are ever in the area, this museum is full of amazing artists.  We love it!

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And if you’re not near any museums with Lichtenstein’s work, don’t worry!  My son came back from the restroom at Red Robin one day and informed me that there was a Lichtenstein in the back hallway and sure enough, there was!  I’ve made a point to look at every location we’ve visited and I’ve always found at least one, so take a lunch field trip and see if you can find one!

Look! Look! Look!


A Book Worth Reading: Look! Look! Look!

August is American Artist Appreciation Month, so I want to share a great art book I happened upon at our local library!  Nancy Elizabeth Wallace‘s Look! Look! Look! is the perfect book for guiding your children to explore art, especially if you’re unsure of how to begin.

Look! Look! Look! features three mice–Kiki, Alexander, and Kat–who live in the home of the Bigley family.  One day when the Bigleys are out, a postcard of an art print (you can see the portrait here) comes through the mail slot and the mice decide to borrow it for a bit.  First, the mice make viewing frames from paper and focus on different details in the picture, such as patterns and colors.  Next, they look at the different lines and shapes they see in the portrait.  The mice then explore the different elements from the painting and make some of their own original works before returning the postcard for the Bigleys to find.  The concept is pretty simple:  What do you see in this picture?  However, sometimes I find that a simple guide like this is helpful because it makes me focus on the most basic elements of a picture.  In addition to the story, there is also a glossary of the art terms used as well as a postcard activity.

My kids and I have enjoyed several of Nancy Elizabeth Wallace’s books over the years and I love her cut paper illustrations–you might recall that this is one of my favorite styles!  Wallace uses her animal characters (mice, in this story, but bears and rabbits in others) to draw the reader in, so that even though you’re reading nonfiction, it has more of a story-like feel to it.  There really is a good amount of information and discussion ideas, so even though this is a picture book it would be totally usable with older kids, too.  As I was getting this post together I found that she has a book called Look! Look! Look! at Sculpture, so I’ve put that on hold at our library and am looking forward to getting more ideas on how to share art with my kids!

If you’re looking for artists and artwork so you can apply the ideas from Look! Look! Look!, don’t forget to check out our Tea Time Artists posts here on the Homeschool Share Blog.  We’ve got lots of book and activity ideas for you so that teaching about art and artists can be fun and easy!

Home Art Studio Giveaway

Home Art Studio Giveaway

Last week I shared my much-love for this art program. You can read my review here as you view our art gallery.

As promised, this week we are hosting a grand giveaway for this amazing art curriculum.

You don’t have to wait for our giveaway, though. You can try Home Art Studio for free! You can also take advantage of a current special offer.

Try Home Art Studio for Free

If you want to add art to your homeschool line-up, Home Art Studio is a great way to get started. You can try any of these six lessons before you buy one of the DVDs.

Home Art Studio Giveaway

You can also enter our giveaway below for a chance to win the ENTIRE Home Art Studio series ($180 value)!

Special Offer

Home Art Studio: Buy 2 DVDs, Get Holiday Arts and Crafts for FREE
Order two DVDs today and receive Home Art Studio‘s Holiday Arts and Crafts DVD for FREE! (Offer expires 9/15/15)

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Home Art Studio Review

Disclaimer: I chose to receive lessons and art supplies from Home Art Studio in exchange for a giveaway on this blog. All opinions here are mine and truthful.  I enjoyed Home Art Studio so much that I purchased two more of the DVDs with my own hard-earned cash. 

Oh, Art. Give me three words to describe teaching art (from a homeschool mom’s perspective). Ready, set, go:

Fun! Exciting! Favorite!

Were those your three words? Didn’t think so.

For years art has been one of my own personal homeschooling hang-ups. Not quite in the same way as math, of course, because math is something I feel compelled to do-or-die daily.

Unlike math, some of us just skip over art because relatives and neighbors aren’t going to judge us based on our children’s ability to draw a horse. But we have a problem when the kids can’t spit out answers to the math fact quizzing.

I have left art to whatever my kids can get done at co-op. Until now. Finding Home Art Studio has been fun and exciting for me. It is one of my favorite things now. The kids love it, too.

Our Project Gallery

Watermelon Watercolor Project from Home Art Studio

Watercolor Watermelon from Home Art Studio 2nd Grade Program
completed by S, 8 years old

 

humpty-dumpty art

Abstract Watercolor Egg from Home Art Studio 2nd Grade Program
completed by S, 9 years old

 

Blue Dog Painting Project from Home Art Studio

Blue Dog from Home Art Studio 2nd Grade Program
completed by S, 8 years old

 

sunflowers

Sunflowers Art from Home Art Studio Kindergarten Program
completed by L, 6 years old

 

Cinnamon Roll Sculpture Project from Home Art StudioCinnamon Roll Sculpture from Home Art Studio Kindergarten Program
completed by L, 6 years old

 

Piggy Party Art Project from Home Art StudioPiggy Party Watercolor from Home Art Studio Kindergarten Program
completed by L, 6 years old

 

Fish Printmaking Art Project by Home Art StudioFish Printmaking from Home Art Studio Kindergarten Program
completed by L, 6 years old

 

Reflection Houses Art Project from Home Art StudioReflection Houses Mixed Media Project from Home Art Studio First Grade Program completed by L, 6 years old

 

Alphabet Watercolor Resist Art Project from Home Art Studio

Alphabet Watercolor Resist from Home Art Studio Kindergarten Program
completed by L, 6 years old

Your children will do two main things with Home Art Studio: learn and create.

Learn!

  • about famous artists and famous artworks
  • various art elements and principles
  • new art techniques

Create!

My children have completed ten lessons from Home Art Studio and encountered a variety of activities in order to complete their projects:

  • cutting
  • tearing
  • painting with watercolors and acrylics
  • sculpting (and baking)
  • drawing
  • tracing
  • pasting
  • mixing colors

And do it all with EASE!

One of the best features of learning art with Ms. Volin is that it is easy for mom to implement.

1. Choose which level you want to buy, and order your DVDs. (If you buy two DVDs through September 15th, you will get the Holiday DVD for free!).
2. Purchase art supplies (the lists at Jerry’s Art-O-Rama make this really easy and the quality supplies will make your students’ projects shine!)
3. Wait for items to arrive.
4. Print lesson plans (PDF found on the DVD) and gather supplies for your first lesson.
5. Watch Ms. Volin as she teaches and demonstrates.
6. Create!

A Few More Things To Note

  • DVDs can be used with multiple ages
  • DVD lessons can also be used in homeschool cooperatives with no extra charge!
  • My reluctant artist was inspired to make additional art with the new techniques he learned with Home Art Studio
  • My eager artist is thrilled that we are able to do art projects so often

Try Home Art Studio for Free

If you want to add art to your homeschool line-up, Home Art Studio is a great way to get started. You can try any of these six lessons before you buy one of the DVDs.

Home Art Studio Giveaway

Special Offer

Home Art Studio: Buy 2 DVDs, Get Holiday Arts and Crafts for FREE
Order two DVDs today and receive Home Art Studio‘s Holiday Arts and Crafts DVD for FREE! (Offer expires 9/15/15)

Come back to the blog on Monday, July 20th as we kick-off our Home Art Studio Giveaway! It’s going to be grand!

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