Romero Britto, "Good Friends" 2007
Inspiration for this past weeks summer art camp came from the Pop Art movement and some of the artists associated with this form of art. The summer camp artists learned a little art history and were introduced to a few major Pop Art players, such as Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein and Romero Britto.
Claes Oldenburg was a Swedish born American artist best known for his large scale public art sculptures featuring everyday objects.
Once the structure was built, the artists applied papier mache, using torn pieces of newspaper and bowls filled with starch. ~ I find starch much easier, and less messy to work with than other forms of papier mache paste. ~ Once the forms were thoroughly covered, the artists set them aside to dry.
The boxes took a 1 1/2 to 2 days to dry. Afterwards, the artists coated their structures with white primer, let that dry, then sketched and painted their forms to look like their favorite sweet. The candy sculptures were completed on the last day of camp, at the final hour, therefore I don't have images of their finished pieces - but they turned out fabulous!
Roy Lichtenstein produced a form of Pop Art influenced by popular advertisements and the comic book style, featuring thick outlines, bold colors and organized dots of color.
Roy Lichtenstein, Ohh...Alright, 1964
Brazilian born artist, Romero Britto, uses clean, bold and colorful imagery to deliver fresh and upbeat messages within his work that reflects his optimistic faith in the world around him.
Pop Art Portraits
The end result were glorious portrait paintings filled with color, pattern and a youthful sense of whimsical fun. The artists learned a bit of history and went home with new techniques for creating future works of art. Most importantly, there were huge smiles on the faces of the proud artists - which, for me, equals a most successful week.