Pop-Art / Print

Looking at Pop-Art through several key illustrative examples; Andy Warhol, Roy Licheinstein and to a lesser extent Richard Hamilton. Exploring the themes and context of the style and investigating making images using comparable (but less expensive and difficult) materials.

Students will produce Pop-Art images using a simplified printing technique (stencil instead of silk screen) and also explore the idea of what makes a pop-art image in terms of style and subject matter.

Allowing for ammendments in the project this unit should last for approximately 8 weeks. The main project will require several lessons to cut the stencils and build the image up into seperate colours. The additional sheets cover many aspects of pop-art and can be used as homework as well as augmenting the classroom project.

Students will explore pop-art both in terms of it’s artistic ideas and it’s place within the history of art. They will identify the key features of pop-art and understand it’s origins and influence.

In addition to the usual media that is taken for granted in these notes students will require acetate sheets, cutting mats and (sharp) craft knives and permanent markers for writing onto the acetate sheets. In addition for the printing of the stencil images students will require; small pieces of sponge, palletes, printing ink and a selection of coloured, heavy sugar paper for printing on. A large stock of old magazines and newspapers is also required for students to create collage work based on Richard Hamilton’s image.

Students will gain an insight and overview of pop-art, they will produce work that shows an understanding of the formal concerns (use of colour, subject matter etc.) and the historic and contectual setting of the style.