Now that we've finished up Pop Artists Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana, we are going to merge the two projects into one. To do this, we looked at artist Yaacov Agam. Yaacov is originally from Israel and is known for his paintings and architecture. His artwork is a blend of Op Art and Kinetic Art. His work looks similar to an accordion fold. On one side of each fold is one artwork and on the other side of the fold is another artwork. So depending on where you are standing, you could see two different artworks! He called these works of art Agamographs.
You can read about the Andy Warhol project here. And the Robert Indiana project here.
While the two Pop Art pieces were easy, the Agamograph proved to be much trickier. The first day was spent drawing one inch lines on the back of each artwork. I pre-cut one inch strips so that all they had to do was line up the strip each time and trace along it. This was tricky because I didn't know that we were going to turn these into Agamographs until after we had started the projects so our two artworks were two different sizes. We got things sorted out in the long run though and made it work. After students traced their lines, they accordion folded a large sheet of paper. I had printed lines on the sheet so that they knew where to fold each time.
The 2nd day we numbered the back side of one of our artworks so we knew what order our strips needed to be glued down in. Students then cut along their traced strips and glued them down in the correct order on their accordion fold.
On the final day, they did the same thing as last class except with the other artwork.
It was a stressful project but so worth it!
Robert Indiana is a contemporary American Pop Artist. Robert works with popular words in his work such as Love, Amor, and Hope. A lot of his art draws inspiration from what is happening in the world. For example, his “Hope” sculpture was made for Obama's presidency. He makes paintings of words too but is most well-known for his sculptures.
This was a project that I got from the lovely Cassie Stephens!
The first day was spent creating a pattern on a small sheet of paper and then transferring their pattern over to a piece of styrofoam.
The 2nd and 3rd days were a whirlwind of printing! Students colored on their styrofoam with markers and then printed them onto damp slips of paper. The first day was spent doing one-color prints. On the 2nd day, I showed them the beauty of rainbow prints!
The final day was spent gluing their four best prints down to a sheet of paper and then cutting out the letters to a 4 letter word of their choosing and gluing them down.
They turned out great and will look awesome on our Agamographs that we will be making!
2nd grade took some time to learn about the King of Pop, Andy Warhol! Warhol was a pop artist who would oftentimes repeat an image over and over but change the colors for each repetition. He was influenced by things that were popular during his time such as celebrities, rockstars, and everyday objects. He is most well known for his prints of Marilyn Monroe and Campbell's soup cans.
After talking about his use of popular images, we talked about how the large statue of Bessie the Cow outside of Arby's was a well-recognized statue in the Janesville/Milton area. We used this as inspiration for our artwork.
This is a project that I typically do with 3rd grade except that we paint instead. This time I changed up the medium and gave it a shot with 2nd grade.
Students traced four cows onto their paper. After tracing their cows, students used markers and the complementary colors to color in their cows and backgrounds.
This project will later be turned into an Agamograph!
Harmony and Consolidated Elementary Art Teacher in Milton, WI. UW-Eau Claire graduate. WAEA President. Apple Teacher.