Regional Artists: Chris Yambar,
Featured Museum: Canton Museum of Art
Featured Artist: Andy Warhol
Featured Work of Art: "Liz"
Featured Teacher: Susan Griffin, Southington Local
This activity combines art
and computer technology to create exciting self portraits.
After an introduction to the history of Pop Art and the work
of Andy Warhol, students are introduced to contemporary Pop
Artist Chris Yambar. Students experiment with color and paint
before creating their portraits on an unusual “canvas.”
Chris Yambar uses photographs, copy machines, transparencies,
glass, acrylic paints and spray paints for his tools. He applies
the techniques of reverse painting, blotting and scratching
to produce his art. The school project uses the computer lab
and techniques similar to Yambar’s to make student portraits.
look at and discuss Pop Art in its historical context
as well as its current application.
able to identify works as representative of the Pop Art
Pop Art in an individual way to produce self-portraits
computer technology as part of the art-making process.
and apply various color harmonies.
and apply principles of balance and emphasis.
with a variety of paint applications including reverse
painting and resist.
Color harmonies: warm/cool, monochromatic, tint,
shade, complements, analogous
Balance and emphasis
Transparency film for ink jet printer
or transparency film for copy machines
x 11" (.100-inch thick) plexiglass
markers, various colors
markers, various colors
paints, various colors including several bright colors
and extra black
brushes, various sizes
Various tools for "scratching"
through layers of paint
In the Computer
transparency film, students will:
to save your work!
In the Classroom
the Sharing Art video, “Pop Art.”
PAINT DRY COMPLETELY BEFORE GOING ON.
the transparency film to the plexiglass using double stick
tape.* Explain and demonstrate how to use double
stick tape. The tape will be much less noticeable after
paint has been applied to the back of the plexiglass.
*We do not recommend spray adhesive because of ventilation
color to the back of the plexiglass. Review the techniques
Chris Yambar uses in the video. Encourage students to
experiment with the scratching tools. Be expressive! Different
tools make different marks. Anything a student does
not like can be painted out! Feel free to use painter
and china markers as well as acrylic paint.
students elect to write words into the project at this
point, they must remember to write backwards as they are
working on the back of the plexiglass. If writing backwards
is too difficult or if they are not sure they want to
add words yet, students can always add the words to the
surface of the transparency film later. This is
also a good time to stress balance and emphasis.
the back of the plexiglass with several coats of black
acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry completely
before going on.
can elect to add more detail to the surface of the transparency
film. Dimensional fabric paint can emphasize important
lines or edges. Rhinestones secured with tacky glue
can also accent jewelry or put sparkle in an eye. A word
of caution: students can get carried away easily!
IT DRY COMPLETELY!
Lower Grade Level Project
this activity on the paper copies only. Use one copy to
practice and experiment. Use the other for the final composition.
It is easy to print more copies of the picture if they
can expand this activity by dividing the final composition
into quadrants and have the students use specific color
harmonies in each quadrant.
can use a copy machine to shrink the image and fit several
on one piece of paper to create a tiled composition a
Higher Grade Level Project
Add more compositional
requirements to this activity. Use larger plexiglass and give
the students more area to work in. They can tape the transparency
to any part of the plexiglass. They can also incorporate scanned
images into the composition.
the Internet to research events that occurred on the day
the student was born. This can be expanded to find out
what happened in the course of history on that day. Have
them add these “headlines” to the composition. Make sure
they indicate the date. Use Adobe PhotoShop’s font capabilities
to add to the composition or add the “headlines” freehand
family portraits using scanned photos. Don’t forget the
several images of the student in the same composition.
The students could strike different poses or use different
expressions. Composition can be tiled or more asymmetrical.
Use color to enhance the mood of the pose or expression.
Use a list
of criteria developed together with the class. This should
be done before the project is started. Assess students on
how well they meet the established criteria. Here are some
use of balance and emphasis
use of media
use of expressive “scratching”