To go along with the acrylic still-life paintings they are working on in class, the sophomores are doing a pop-art style acrylic portrait as a home project. Their in-class project is a still-life using objects to conceptually represent a person important to them. Their home project prompt then is a literal portrait of a person of their choice in the pop-art style, using color, pattern, style, etc. to represent the person. I showed the students examples of work from pop-artists including Romero Britto, Andy Warhol, Alex Katz, Julian Opie, and Roy Lichtenstein.
The students responded positively to the project and seemed excited about it. Their home projects are a requirement and have predetermined due dates, so I will not be there to see most of their final works, but this fabulous portrait of Rihanna and plan for a portrait of another student’s favorite book character get to hang in the student art show!