How did I get this giant 6' x 6' artwork of Mickey Mouse above the exit sign of our cafeteria doors? Well.... a tall ladder, long strong yardstick, a friend to hold the ladder and a will to get it up.
This rich colorful rendition of the dearly beloved image created by Andy Warhol took approximately four 40 minute classes to complete.
I introduced this project talking about Pop Art and Andy Warhol. Then I showed an adorable video in the Getting To Know the World's Greatest Artists" series that really engages the students called "Andy Warhol".
Day 2 started with me handing out an 8"x8" sheet of white sulfite paper. Students used a ruler and I guided them on how to divid their papers into fourths to make their grid.
I guided them by first having them watch how I would do my puzzle piece. I stressed the importance of using line placement and shape relation to draw their piece. Once I approved their drawing they were allowed to grab the markers and color them in. I told them that they had to use the colors that were in the puzzle piece. (Watch for those who might be color blind. A quick check really helps with this.) If they have a slight variation of pinks, blues or oranges it actually looks a little better. Be ready to really go through markers though. I had to resort to grabbing my Sharpies to get it finished up.
Most finished their pieces up the following class and the few stragglers were given extra opportunities to come in to get things finished.
Each student had their name and puzzle piece number written on the back. I gathered them up, put them in numerical order and had a very helpful student help me get them placed on the roll paper so I could start glueing them down. I do recommend glueing them because I tried this last year and taped them and they started to lift after a while.
If anyone gives this a go. You'll have to let me know how you did. Have fun and happy grid making!
I explained that we were going to be doing a grid drawing. (To which I heard groans.) I told them that we were going to do a mystery grid. (That got their attention.) After reviewing what a grid drawing was all about and how we can use it, I handed out a piece of the Mickey puzzle that I had created. Ok. Now for those of you who are asking right now "How did she do that?" Well it's a little time consuming but worth it. Here is how...
I enlarged my image so it would fit onto an 11x17 paper created my own grid on my computer based on the number of students, overlaid the grid onto the image and now I have some puzzle pieces. Ok so there are a few more steps that I didn't mention. The grid was only divided so that each student would have a square that was divided into fourths. (Hey is that math I hear?! In art??? What???) After printing it I cut them all out glued them onto a card made a second copy of the whole thing with the grid so I could number each one for my master copy. I also made a master sheet with all of the numbers of the puzzle pieces, a place for the students name and their teacher. As I randomly passed out puzzle pieces I had the clipboard going around for them to write their info next to their number so I could keep track of who had what. That pretty much was our 1st day.