Proof that fifth try is the charm :) This is my fifth time having students do a Lichtenstein inspired pop art painting featuring either shoes or food and these were by far the best results for the largest percentage of students yet. This year I allowed students to choose either a food or a shoe for their focal image. I have taken to allowing students who have trouble drawing LARGE to draw as big as they can and then enlarge on the photocopier. Students have to use two patterns in the background stripes and or dots or a repeating shape taken from their focal image. I had students test out color schemes before painting and everybody had to outline in black. The kids were quite happy with their work and so was I.
at the start of the year this student was getting failing art for lack of participation and now his work is looking great and he is really proud of himself and I'm proud of him also. I tell my students at the start of each year, each quarter, each lesson, basically each day, that it is not how good of an artist they are that gets their grade and earns my respect, but how much they are willing to improve their skills wherever they are at.