Lichtenstein View from the Window

Image

Brightly colored cartoonish view from a balcony with red flowers in foreground, undulating stripes of blue, peach, white, and yellow.

Roy Lichtenstein
b. 1923 New York, NY; d. 1997 New York, NY
View from the Window, 1985
Lithograph, woodcut, and screenprint on Arches 88 paper
79 9/16 x 33 5/8 inches
Acquired in 2007
Bequest of Isadore and Kelly Friedman
Copyright Roy Lichtenstein Foundation

Subject

Language Arts

Grade Range

K-12

Skill

Adjectives

Motivation

Museum trip

Materials

Index cards

About the Artist

Roy Lichtenstein was born in New York City in 1923. His mother, a trained pianist, took advantage of the numerous cultural offerings and exposed Roy and his sister to concerts, lectures, and museums. He frequently visited the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Modern Art. Roy showed a creative ability at an early age, playing clarinet and piano as well as drawing, painting, and sculpting.

After graduating high school in 1940, he studied painting and drawing at the Art Students League of New York with Reginald Marsh. His studies at Ohio State University were interrupted by WWII when he was drafted in 1943 and deployed to Europe. He did return to OSU and ultimately completed his BFA and MFA.

Along with Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, James Rosenquist and others, Lichtenstein became a leading figure in the Pop Art movement in the late 1950s and 60s. Pop Art challenged the concepts of “high art” and focused on popular and commercial culture. These artists celebrated everyday life while observing banality and disillusionment.

Lichtenstein's painting method in the 1960s, which often involved the use of stencils, sought to bring the look and feel of commercial printing processes to his work. Through the use of primary colors, thick outlines, and Benday dots, Lichtenstein endeavored to make his works appear machine-made

Learning Goal

To use adjectives to describe the lithograph View from the Window by Roy Lichtenstein.

I Can Statement

I can use adjectives to describe the lithograph View from the Window by Roy Lichtenstein.

Vocabulary

Adjectives, noun, category, classify, abstract, lithograph

Procedure

  • Define adjectives: an adjective is a word that describes a noun.
  • Review nouns: nouns are people, places or things.
  • Give a few examples of adjectives and elicit a few more from the class.
  • Introduce/review and discuss the vocabulary.
  • Record the following elicited adjectives on index cards:
  1. texture (smooth, rough, thick, soft or hard).
  2. shapes (round, rectangular, oval).
  3. colors (bright, dull, warm or cool).
  4. moods evoked by the lithograph (happy, sad, playful or none at all.).
  5. lines they observe (straight, curvy or diagonal). 
  6. symmetry 
  7. setting (time of day, season, location).
  8. energy or motion (intensity, direction, etc.).
  • Have the children classify the adjectives on the index cards into categories.

Summary

List ten adjectives describing your characteristics.

Assessment

List ten adjectives describing your bedroom or classroom.  

Florida Standards

Florida Language Arts Standards Grades K-5

  • Vocabulary: VA.1.C.3.1 / VA.2.C.3.1 / VA.3.C.3.1 / VA.4.C.3.1
  • Use Accurate Vocabulary to Communicate Ideas about Art: 
  • VA.1.S.1.4 / VA.2.S.1.4 / VA.3.S.1.4 / VA.4.S.1.4 / VA.5.S.1.4
  • Adjectives: LAFS.K1.L.3.5 / LAFS.2.L.3.6 / LAFS.3.L.1.1 / LAFS.4.L.1.1
  • Nouns: LAFS.K.L.1.1 / LAFS.1.L.1.1 / LAFS.2.L.1.1 / LAFS.3.L.1.1 / LAFS.4.L.1.1

Florida Language Arts Standards Grades 6-8

  • Vocabulary: VA.68.C.3.1
  • Use Accurate Vocabulary to Communicate Ideas about Art: VA.68.S.1.4 
  • Nouns: LAFS.68.L.1.1

Florida Language Arts Standards Grades 9-12

  • Use Accurate Vocabulary to Communicate Ideas about Art: VA.912.S.1.4
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