During his long and distinguished career, Lichtenstein frequently turned his attention to the art of the past and made free adaptations of modern styles and reproductions of paintings by twentieth-century masters such as Picasso and Matisse. Although his works seem at first to be neutral presentations of their subjects, they glamorize the ordinary through exaggerations of color and design. Often at odds with the sentimental, violent, or banal nature of his subject matter, Lichtenstein's style transforms his base material to create ironic commentaries on popular culture.
a dot/grid system used to create tones or shading in screen printing, especially in the commercial art world of the 1960s. Pixels on a computer are a contemporary parallel. Tones can be changed by varying the color, number, and size of the dots per inch.
Summary of Activity
Students will analyze the work of Roy Lichtenstein, identifying his use of primary colors, cartoon imagery, and dramatically worded text bubbles.
Students will learn how dot screens (benday dots) and later pixels are used in graphic design to create color variations with the use of halftones or what passes for shading in commercial photographic work.
Students will learn to compose a piece of art using cropping, editing, and professional looking graphic design style.
Students will learn to use a light box, photography, photocopiers, and dot screens to achieve the look of a cartoon.
Students will learn how dramatically worded text balloons enhance Lichtenstein's work.