Art teachers can help students understand, recognize and replicate Lichtenstein's style by following these Roy Lichtenstein art lesson plans.
Teachers should show examples of Lichtenstein's works and describe the purpose and intention of his art. They may wish to ask students to bring in comic books of their own which bear resemblance to Lichtenstein's work, or may choose to visit a local comic book store or book store chain to find examples of other graphic art pieces. With the recent popularity of graphic novels, teachers may wish to make the connection between Lichtenstein's early work in this art form and the progression the form has taken over the last forty to fifty years. Becoming more familiar with current graphic novels may be necessary.
To begin to see the difference between Lichtenstein's intentions and comic book art, students should be asked to look for a particular comic book panel that exemplifies the clean line drawings, emotions, and colors that Lichtenstein used.
If teachers wish for students to try their hand at Lichtenstein's art style, it might be best for students to start first with an emotion they wish to express and then consider the simplest image that could portray that emotion. Some suggestions might include fear, joy, happiness, loneliness, depression and excitement. Students should then imagine a simple graphic image that includes the facial expressions associated with the emotion they chose. Prior to beginning this art lesson plan students should have a working knowledge of facial drawings and forms.
While Lichtenstein used oil and early acrylic art paints, it might not be feasible to have students use all of these paint media. Teachers should use their best judgment to determine which paint media is best suited for their art students. Supplies needed for this project include pencils, black markers, paint, and a canvas or paint paper on which to form their drawing.