roy lichtenstein kids
Lichtenstein chose colours carefully, to imitate the four colours of printers’ inks. He also used Ben Day dots, a system invented to increase the range of colours available to newspaper printing. Look closely at his work – can you see how the colours are clear from a distance, but look like tiny dots and dashes close-up?
Does this explosion look like real to you? Or does it look like something from your favourite comic?
Rather than attempt to reproduce his subjects, Lichtenstein’s work tackled the way in which the mass media portrays them. He would never take himself too seriously, however, saying: “I think my work is different from comic strips – but I wouldn’t call it transformation; I don’t think that whatever is meant by it is important to art.”  When Lichtenstein’s work was first exhibited, many art critics of the time challenged its originality. His work was harshly criticized as vulgar and empty. The title of a Life magazine article in 1964 asked, “Is He the Worst Artist in the U.S.?”  Lichtenstein responded to such claims by offering responses such as the following: “The closer my work is to the original, the more threatening and critical the content. However, my work is entirely transformed in that my purpose and perception are entirely different. I think my paintings are critically transformed, but it would be difficult to prove it by any rational line of argument.”  He discussed experiencing this heavy criticism in an interview with April Bernard and Mimi Thompson in 1986. Suggesting that it was at times difficult to be criticized, Lichtenstein said, “I don’t doubt when I’m actually painting, it’s the criticism that makes you wonder, it does.” 
Lichtenstein was born in New York, into an upper-middle-class Jewish family.    His father, Milton, was a real estate broker, his mother, Beatrice (Werner), a homemaker.  He was raised on the Upper West Side and attended public school until the age of twelve. He then attended New York’s Dwight School, graduating from there in 1940. Lichtenstein first became interested in art and design as a hobby, through school.  He was an avid jazz fan, often attending concerts at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.  He frequently drew portraits of the musicians playing their instruments.  In his last year of high school, 1939, Lichtenstein enrolled in summer classes at the Art Students League of New York, where he worked under the tutelage of Reginald Marsh. 
Roy Lichtenstein (October 27, 1923 – September 29, 1997) was an American artist. He is famous for his work in the “pop art” style around the late 1950s to early 1960s. He was friends with artist Andy Warhol.
Whaam!, 1963, Tate Modern
1) The aim of our art session was to break down our “normal picture” into a comic picture. Clearly my kids are two young to do this free hand. And to be honest, I am not sure I could do it either. So I thought it would work really well, if we used a large print out of one of their favourite photos and use that and tracing paper to draw the outlines.
As mentioned above, an hour or so later, he asked if he could do another one and chose a favourite holiday snap to paint. Lovely.
Lichtenstein is known for bringing focus to everyday objects in our lives, and that’s what his art was all about. The book Roy’s House takes the reader on a tour of his house, featuring all these everyday objects in nooks and corners, beautifully brought alive with the gorgeous artwork. A must read for all ages!
That seems to be a strange statement, coming from a painter himself, don’t you think? But that’s Roy Lichtenstein for you – the man who turned commercial hoardings and comic strips into high end art!