Monday, May 23, 2011

Pop Art Handprints

Little artists ages 15-36 months old gathered with me at the OKCMOA last weekend to explore pop art.

For our creations we focused on our hands. We looked at some books and went into the gallery.

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In the classroom everyone had 4 sheets of 8x8 colored cardstock (cut down from 8.5x11) in different colors. I found mine at Michael's Craft Store. We also had 4 smaller pieces of paper that were measured 4.25x5.5 (an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper quartered.) I used the Spectra Fadeless art paper for the small pieces. The sizes can be altered for older children. You might need to allow for larger papers.

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The smaller pieces of paper need to be different colors than your larger sheets.

Our first step was to trace the little ones hands on one of the smaller pieces of paper. Stack all the small pieces together and cut the hand shape from the traced hand, giving you four hands that are exactly the same.

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We used Crayola construction paper crayons to color our large sheets of paper.

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We use a glue stick to glue our paper hands to the center of our larger 8x8 squares.

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Now I pass out our sheets of 19x19 poster board. We arrange and glue each of the 8x8 squares onto it.

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To finish we use a large flat paint brush to cover the palm of the hand with black tempera paint. We keep our hands very flat and stamp it on top of our cut hands. If it doesn't match up exactly, even better! Stamp your hands 4 times and you are finished!

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We made them with white poster board and black poster board. They are both different looks and can be done either way! Enjoy!

You will need:
-Cardstock in 4 colors
-Paper in 4 different colors
-Black paint
-Crayola construction paper crayons
-Scissors
-Glue
-White or black poster board

Here were some of the finished pieces!

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8 comments:

chandra said...

What a wonderful project and such a special memory of our time together! Thank you!!

I am Laura said...

We live in Pittsburgh near the Andy Warhol museum. It would be fun to do this and then visit the museum. Thanks!

Toddler Approved said...

I love this! We have tried some pop art this year and I love the simplicity of this project. We might have to try this one too!

Debbie said...

What an awesome blend of art appreciation, art history, study of picture book illustration and creative process!!! Brilliant project for young hands with great intergenerational pizzazz!!!

All sparkles. I wanted to see all of the 'finished' products displayed & captured for a moment as a community 'quilt.' Would really have snapped with the black and white backgrounds.

KUDOS!!

Art at Chesterbrook Academy Elementary School said...

What a great lesson to introduce pop art.

B.J. Caulfield said...

I saw this and did it with my kids the same day! So fun! I'm planning on framing them! :D

Acacia @ Fingerpaint & Superheroes said...

Hey Erin,
I love this project and replicated it with my infant to preserve his little foot and handprints, back in May. I am currently writing an article about art with babies and I would love to share your article. I am writing for the Natural Parents Network. Do you mind if I link back and share your activity?

Erin Laughpaintcreate said...

Thanks everyone for all of your comments. This has been one of my favorite projects.

Acacia, I would love for you to share this project with a linkback. Thank you very much for asking, I appreciate that very much! :)

Best, Erin