At the last minute, I threw in a project for Valentine’s Day because I found this great lesson on KidsArtists.blogspot.com about pop-art artist Burton Morris. The project in the lesson involves having the kids do a piece in Morris‘ style with a Valentine’s Day / hearts subject.
Burton Morris is an American pop-art artist born in 1964 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is influenced by pop-art artists from the 1960’s and 1970’s, like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Keith Haring and is one of the most famous modern post pop-art artists. Morris’s work shows a contemporary twist to traditional pop-art, is cheerful, energetic and colorful, and is known from TV series like Friends. His work has also appeared in major advertising campaigns by U.S. companies like AT & T, Pepsi and Heinz.
So this project took just over an hour and that included looking at the Burton Morris website (which has great slide shows of his work). Our little preschooler lost interest pretty quickly because it was too advanced for him. Our 1st grader was definitely into it but she needed help with the cutting and even the 3rd grader needed some coaxing (which he often does because he’d rather be playing basketball most of the time.) Some of the kids preferred having a heart shape to trace rather than try to cut the hearts freehand. That’s the only thing I’d add to the lesson I used. Anyway, they did such a great job! Check it out…