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Students will create work based on the art of American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein. They will explore the concept of pop art, Benday dots, and use Lichtenstein's style to create a portrait of a popular figure.



In this lesson students will...

-  be introduced to the art of Roy Lichtenstein and the concept of pop art and be able to discuss how the artist used popular figures and symbols of the time to create his work.


-  learn about ben Benday Dots and how they are used in comic books and news papers to create color and value. 

-  create a portrait of a popular figure using Benday Dots.

Tools & Materials

- Pencils
- Paint in Red, Blue, and Yellow (Acrylic or Tempera)
- 2 Large Sheets of thick paper suitable for painting.
- Paint brushes
- Sharpie
- Transfer Paper
- Photo of a popular figure


Roy Lichtenstein - An american artist who is a leading figure in the movement of pop art. His work is comic book like in style.

Pop Art - Art based on modern popular culture and the mass media, especially as a critical or ironic comment on traditional fine art values.

Optical Illusion - An experience of seeming to see something which does not exist or is other than it appears.

Benday Dots - A printing and photoengraving technique dating from 1879. While the Ben Day process is commonly described in terms of dots, other shapes may be used, such as parallel lines, textures, irregular effects, waved lines, etc. Depending on the effect, color and optical illusion needed, small colored dots are closely spaced, widely spaced or overlapping.


1. Students will be shown a presentation on Roy Lichtenstein and pop art. They will be asked to choose a photo of a popular figure they would like to paint. Students can use classroom technology to print off a full page photo of their figure. 

2. Students will also be asked to think about phrases they would like to use later in their project to include in a speech bubble, much like they have seen in the art of Roy Lichtenstein. 

3. Students will receive two sheets of thick paper that they will use for the two parts of their project. one will be used as the background and one will be used for the speech bubble and figure.

4. Students will shown how to transfer their photo onto their drawing paper with transfer paper, using a contour line drawing to replicate their figure.

5. Once the figure drawing is traced, students will be shown examples of speech bubbles and thought bubbles. They can create one of these using a phrase from their popular figure. 

6: Students should make sure that the line art, speech bubbles, and phrase are all outlined in sharpie. 

7. Students will be introduced to Benday dots and use tempura paint to create value with different sizes and overlapping of primary color dots.

8. Students will use this technique to paint their figure, speech bubble, and background. 

9. When the background sheet is fully painted, students may cut out their figure and speech bubble and glue them onto the background sheet.

South Carolina Visual Arts Standards

Standard 3: The student will examine the content of works of visual art and use elements from them in creating his or her own works. Indicators


VA7-3.1 Compare and contrast the content in two works of visual art.


VA7-3.2 Select and use subject matter, symbols, ideas, and the elements and principles of design to communicate meaning through his or her artmaking.


VA7-3.3 Discuss the ways that choices of subject matter, symbols, and ideas combine to communicate meaning in his or her works of visual art.


VA7-3.4 Compare and contrast his or her works of visual art with those of an established artist.

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