5th Grade Lichtenstein Portraits


1. Take photo... print photo in black and white (photo not shown because of privacy)

2. Make a line drawing using a transparency sheet to trace the image. (sounds like cheating, but you would be amazed how hard it is for this age to draw the important lines and keep the hair to an outline). Great lesson on line!

3. Place the transparency under a piece of white paper so that you are able to trace the line drawing. We used windows and left over overhead projectors (your school probably has a whole closet of them not being used). I asked if they had one to borrow and they brought me 5 because they were excited someone was using them (their words not mine).

4. The students mapped out their ideas on their overhead sheet so that they didn't put yellow glasses on yellow skin. After they knew what parts were going to be solid color and what ones were going to be dots they grabbed a marker (only RED, BLUE, YELLOW) and got started. For the dots the students used a ruler to do each row of dots. Some students (like the one above) did one size of dot, while others varied the size depending on the section of the body or as they went from top to bottom. 

Really like the end result. I have been wanting to do a Roy Lichtenstein project since last year, but everyone told me it was a nightmare with the dots. I used Crayola fine tip markers and a ruler. The students were start to finish in four to five classes. I recommend this lesson to anyone wanting to introduce Pop Art or Primary Colors. 


  1. I LOVE THIS SOOOOOO MUCH. I am going to do this with my 5th grade.

  2. super cool lesson and so many objectives met! I love how the pictures still look hand-drawn, sort of perfectly imperfect. These are great.


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