Pop art is an art movement that emerged in the mid-1950s in Britain and the late 1950s in the United States. Among the early artists that shaped the pop art movement were Eduardo Paolozzi and Richard Hamilton in Britain, and Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns in the United States. Pop art presented a challenge to traditions of fine art by including imagery from popular culture such as advertising and news. In pop art, material is sometimes visually removed from its known context, isolated, and/or combined with unrelated material. The concept of "pop art" refers not as much to the art itself as to the attitudes behind the art.Pop art employs aspects of mass culture, such as advertising, comic books and mundane cultural objects. One of its aims is to use images of popular (as opposed to elitist) culture in art, emphasizing the banal or kitschy elements of any culture, most often through the use of irony. It is also associated with the artists' use of mechanical means of reproduction or rendering techniques. Pop art is widely interpreted as a reaction to the then-dominant ideas of abstract expressionism, as well as an expansion of those ideas. Due to its utilization of found objects and images, it is similar to Dada. Pop art and minimalism are considered to be art movements that precede postmodern art, or are some of the earliest examples of postmodern art themselves.
Objective: To create a self portrait that celebrates the styles and traditions of the 1960's Pop Art movement.
Collaborate with visual art students and take close up pictures of each other.
Import photo into Adobe Photoshop. Go Image > Adjustment > Threshold. This will transform the photographic image into a hard edged graphic image.
Print out portrait image and trace. You can also use the print out as a reference to draw portrait free-form.
Utilize bright unnatural acrylic colors for the portrait.