Since we were studying Pop Art---I had my students create a 'portrait' in a colorful pop art style.
Star Wars is a huge element of pop culture so it is a perfect theme.
I told my students they could make 'baby' versions of some of the characters if they weren't too keen on the serious and boyish theme and that helped convince some of my 5th and 6th graders that they could personalize and customize the portrait of their choice. I also pointed out that if they liked animals, robots, humans, or creatures, there is a little something for everyone, but they have to do a little research if they aren't familiar with the movies in order to learn a little more.
Honestly, I got the idea from the fabulous Drip, Drip, Splatter Splash blog.
I introduced the idea of Pop Art to my students.
I had them research characters in Star Wars and make a practice sketch in their sketch books. The research was mostly done via my smore flyer (they scanned a QR code to access it), but some characters needed to be googled---because I did not provide visuals for every single one. I also had some printed 'coloring sheet' versions of some of the characters.
Since so many of my students knew nothing about Star Wars, I showed them this quick summary.
Make a background using 9X12 colored construction paper (don't use the same color as your character) using oil pastels. Could design with space, lasers, bright colors, patterns, etc.
Begin drawing character on a 2nd color of paper---for R2D2, use white, for C3P0, use yellow--for yoda, use green. Trace character in sharpie, add color with oil pastels.
Finish drawing, outlining and coloring character. Cut, out and glue to background. Sign name on front since we are hanging everyone's in the hall.
My amazing parent volunteer helped hang over 300 of them today! YAY!!
There are so many awesome ones, I tried to take a few pictures to show off some of my favorites below, enjoy!!