Pop Art Challenge

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Today, you will visit the Tate Modern Museum in London and explore the work of Pop artist Andy Warhol. Notice all the different kinds of pop art that came up around the world.

MAKE

Now create your own Pop Art masterpiece. Don’t forget that your work doesn’t have to be only a painting on paper. It could be sculpture, a collage, a comic or anything else you can think of. Also think about scale. How big or small will your art work be? Extra points in this challenge for using recycled objects.

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Super Hero from the Ancient World

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This wonderful 3 minute video is from the Metropolitan Museum in New York. It’s about Superheroes from the Ancient World.

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Did you notice in the video that the sculptures of gods and guardians had wings and horns and other special features from animals? Have you noticed this in some of the Indian Gods we see in temples as well? Now it’s time to create your own super hero ! You can paint it in any style you want, using any art materials you have at home.

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Portrait Challenge

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This amazing 3 minute video takes you through the self portrait gallery at the Van Gogh Museum, in Amsterdam. You even get to see the actual palette and brushes that he used!

LISTEN

Please scroll down till you reach the video called “Self Portrait”, 1889, Vincent Van Gogh  and listen to the audio (National Gallery, Washington DC)

EXPLORE

This is an incredible collection of self portraits by Vincent Van Gogh. Explore them carefully, think about which ones you like the best and why.

MAKE

Now create your own self-portrait! It is of course helpful to have a mirror nearby, a hand-held one would work best. Remember what you heard about Van Gogh being a thoughtful and sensitive painter who chose his colours carefully? What will you wear in your portrait? What will we learn about you by looking at it? You can paint it in any style you want, using any art materials you have at home.

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Surrealist Challenge

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This wonderful 3 minute video is from the Tate Modern in London. It’s about Surrealist Art.

Then go to the bottom of the page and scroll through the many surrealist artists there and then another little video from the Metropolitan museum in New York about making a collage

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What did you think of Surrealist Art? It’s interesting and unexpected isn’t it? When I look at a surrealist artwork I try to imagine a strange and amazing story that the artist is telling me through his or her work. Now today’s challenge is a little more complicated than usual. We want you to make a Surrealist Collage… You can find interesting pictures in old magazines or newspapers to cut out and stick on your paper and you can also draw and colour some parts of the artwork if you like. When you create your collage try to imagine what story it tells…

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Artist Book Challenge

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This wonderful short video is from the Library at MIT – a college in Boston. It’s about “Artist books”. I found it absolutely fascinating.

And then this short video by the artist Werner Pfeiffer who is an artist himself but also a professor of Art at Pratt in New York.

MAKE

Now we don’t expect you to make a whole artist book in a day – but do think about an interesting way to cut and fold a single sheet of paper.You are welcome to add flaps and other bits to it. It could be like a pop up card or even just a fan like accordion fold and we leave the content of it to your imagination. It could be a just a few words and drawings or could tell a small story.

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