Friday, March 19, 2010

Fresh Pop Art, Popped Daily

We've been looking at the art of Andy Warhol, some of which was created using printmaking techniques. Fifth graders are now printing multiple images of the blocks they carved. We will create many prints on many different types of surfaces using different colors of ink. Then we can combine them to create works of art that have both unity (through repetition) and variety.

Printmaking is great, because you can have many copies of your art and each one is one-of-a-kind. At the end of the unit, some kids trade prints with friends, and we all contribute one print to put in our auction. Each kid will be given millions of dollars (of play money, of course) to bid on their classmates' prints. It remains to be seen who will set the record this year for the highest price paid for a print.

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