Pop Art Portrait Busts
A middle level lesson.
- Create a portrait bust of a person they know, famous or personal, or a self-portrait.
- Recognize the different kinds of architectural columns.
- View and discuss portrait busts throughout history.
- Columns – Ionic, Doric, Corinthian Bust portraits
- Pop Art
|from John Post|
- Clay or self-drying clay
- Plastic bags
- Masking tape
- Clay tools
- Containers of water
- Paper towels
- Glazes or acrylic paint
Discuss different kinds of columns. Show examples of the Ionic, Doric, and Corinthian columns. Show examples of entertaining busts of movie stars, cartoon characters, and comic book heroes and more traditional, historic busts. Share Jeff Koons’ portrait busts and discuss pop art and what art says about popular culture.
Have students form their columns; circulate around the room and give assistance as needed. At the end of the class have students place their columns into plastic bags for storage (have students write names on tape that you have previously placed on the bag). Make sure they completely seal the clay in the plastic. The clay must remain wet so students can continue to work on them next time they come to class.
Step 3: Let clay dry and bisque fire it.
Step 4: Have students paint their busts with their acrylic paint or glaze and retire.
When all the busts are complete, display the work and discuss the rubric with students.
|from John Post|
To what extend did the student:
- Create a recognizable portrait bust of a person they know, famous or personal, or a self-portrait?
- Learn about the different types of columns used in architecture?
Discussion on Busts and Columns
Student responds to examples of Busts and Columns with insightful comments supported with persuasive reasoning.
|Student responds to examples of Busts and Columns with some comments supported with reasoning.||
Student does not participate in discussion or makes few or no comments.
Pop Art Busts
Student follows instructions well and works well on project, adding imaginative details.
Student follows instructions and works towards finishing project with some detail.
|Student makes little effort to complete a portrait bust.|