Step 1 - Creating a Template
You start the project by creating a template image. You can find out how to do this in our Pop Art Portrait Lesson.
Note: You also have the option of printing any of our ready-made portrait templates that you can access by clicking on the pop art portraits menu at the bottom of each page.
Step 2 - Cutting Up the Template
Next, you cut out the individual square sections of the template drawing and distribute them among the participants.
Step 3 - Coloring the Sections
Each person then takes their individual template section and creates a color version.
Note: It is important to use bright colors, patterns or textures for the light tones, and dark colors, patterns or textures for the dark tones. Sticking to this rule will help you to keep a unified tone throughout the work and keep the image recognizable.
The completed portrait can be a product of either design or chance:
- Instructions or restrictions on the use of media or choice of colors can be agreed by the group in advance to creatively control the design of the final work.
- However, the chance effects of random combinations of color, pattern and texture can also produce unpredictably good results.
Step 4 - Reconstructing the Image
When all the individual sections are completed, they are arranged to reconstruct a colorful and surprising interpretation of the portrait.
Note: The surprise of the final result is increased if the participants are kept in the dark about the identity of the subject. It is always good fun discovering who it is as the image is rebuilt.
Step 5 - The Final Image
Finally, all the individual sections are glued down onto a large sheet of paper or card to complete our Pop Art Group Project.