Art is ... Peter Max - Mixed Media (8 pages) Pop Art Painting
You will download 8 jpg pages.
Print Outs of Art Work
Drawing Materials: Pencils, Markers
Painting Materials: Neon Fluorescent Paint, Brushes, Water, Paper Towels
Optional for Painting: matt boards or cardboard, spray fix
Peter Max is a living icon of the 60's. His creative art style heavily influenced the cultural revolution and Pop Art. He has evolved from cultural icon to a master of his personal style, an animal and human activist and a proponent of America's values and icons.
Open Ended, is usually a student directed process, where they can draw their feelings, emotions, reactions to the art work in the blanks provided. They can choose to copy the designs, outlines the shapes/forms, or even just draw one aspect. Open ended is not assessed and there is no right or wrong. Just encourage active participation in some form.
There are 4 open ended projects in the first folder:
1. Peter Max's Liberty Head Series
2. Peter Max's First Environmental Stamp
3. Peter Max's Parodies of other Famous Art Work
4. Peter Max's Mixed Media Painting Technique
Note: For the Blend style, load up the brush with 2 or more different colors, and swipe the brush in small strokes or even long ones. The colors are not to be "blended" or "mixed-up" when painting on the print, but should maintain their order/place on the brush.
2nd Folder: Painting Activities
The "Parodies" and "Painting Techniques" are important precursors to the last folder of 4 Famous Artworks. If you print the art work on card stock or watercolor paper, your students will have an easier time painting ON TOP of the print, using the "Over Paint" and "Blend" techniques.
For older students, you can spray mount the prints onto cardboard or matt board. Then the students can "Over Paint" on the prints as well as the matts. (See his example)
Peter Max is not the first artist to create parodies of other artists' art work: Warhol, Haring, Lichtenstein are some others just to name a few Pop Artists.
The definition of a parody is the "imitation of a style" be it art, music or genre, for a comedic effect.
The last file has 4 reproductions of famous art work:
1. Mona Lisa
2. Starry Night
3. Self Portrait of Vincent Van Gogh
4. Statue of Liberty
They are all in public domain. Students are to be given the "neon paint" to use to embellish the famous art work prints, in their own style or similar to Peter Max. They should now be familiar with the paintings in the "Parodies" worksheet and understand what is happening in the "Techniques" worksheet.
I would emphasize that these are techniques that Peter Max is currently using in his art work. However, students should also know the ethics of "not painting" over another person's art work in museums or in the classroom. And, be sure to emphasize that painting over his original lithographs or prints is a decision Peter Max has creatively made in his art work. This is a mixed media technique, where the print is first produced, then the the artist paints on top of the print. It is done in jest, in the spirit of parody.
Use of any copyrighted art works is used in accordance with Fair Use in education to help students learn Peter Max's style and art work. This is because it is impossible to teach visual art literacy without appropriate examples. It helps students to develop their art vocabulary and well as visual literacy.
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