Ringing Art that Pops

Ringing Art that Pops

Updated: Oct 18, 2019

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'-R-R-R-R-Ring!!' (1962) — Roy Lichtenstein — Oil on Canvas
“Pop art looks out into the world. It doesn't look like a painting of something, it looks like the thing itself." ― Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein — the talented artist who created this week's Hands-On Doodle™ artwork named '-R-R-R-R-Ring!!' — is most well known for his art that pops. He was a major influencer during a unique 20th-century artistic period in history — the 1950s and 60s — known as the Pop art movement.

Pop art — short for popular art — started as a bit of a rebellion against the Abstract Expressionism movement of the 1940s, during which artists painted emotional feelings and not the reality of the subject matter. In contrast, Pop artists sought to elevate modern popular culture to the level of fine art by celebrating everyday objects, as well as famous people of the day.

In the words of Lichtenstein himself, "Pop art looks out into the world. It doesn't look like a painting of something, it looks like the thing itself."

It becomes apparent from his quote that Roy Lichtenstein did not support painting just anything or emotional feelings, as did Abstract Expressionists. He championed art depicting familiarity and what one observes when looking out into the real world.

Like most Pop artists of his time, Roy Lichtenstein was known for his paintings of everyday objects. What set him apart was his comic book style and his use of onomatopoeia [on-oh-mot-oh-pee-ah] in his artwork — both of which helped him create fantastic art that pops.

What is onomatopoeia? (Answer: the naming of something with a word whose name suggests the thing itself.) Can you name some words that are examples of onomatopoeia? (Answer: examples — buzz; sizzle; slam; splash; bam; babble; warble; gurgle; mumble; baa; beep; peep; crinkle; splatt; vroom; etc.) Onomatopoeia words sure are fun. Is the word 'ring' an example of onomatopoeia? (Answer: yes, the word 'ring' is the actual sound that an old-fashioned telephone would make.)

'-R-R-R-R-Ring!!' is a particularly good example of Roy Lichtenstein art because it embodies all three qualities of his most popular works. It is an oil on canvas painting of an everyday object, created in his signature comic book style, including onomatopoeia. '-R-R-R-R-Ring!!' is the perfect blend of the characteristics for which Lichtenstein's artwork is best known! It exemplifies art that pops!

Have you ever seen a telephone that looks like this? (Child response.) Would you say this is an everyday object? (Child response.) While this may no longer be an 'everyday object' — because most people no longer have telephones in their homes that look like this — when Lichtenstein painted this work of art in 1962, almost every home had a telephone that looked like the one depicted in the artwork.

So, Lichtenstein's telephone definitely looks like an old-fashioned telephone — but not a real-life, old-fashioned telephone! Do you find this painting similar to a comic book in style? (Child response.) Like you'd see in a comic book, the objects are outlined with thick black lines and color is applied in sharp blocks of solid colors. Like in a comic book, there are words in the picture. And as is the case with some comic books, the words are onomatopoeia.

We have already determined that the letters and words at the top of the painting are onomatopoeia because '-R-R-R-R-Ring!!' represents the thing itself — in this case, the sound an old-fashioned telephone makes. Why do you think Roy Lichtenstein chose to use musical notes as well? (Answer: an old-fashioned telephone ring has a melodic quality about it; Lichtenstein used the musical notes to emphasize the element of onomatopoeia.)

Now, as always with a Hands-On Doodle™, you are going to do a fun, hands-on activity. Today, you'll be creating art that pops like Roy Lichtenstein's '-R-R-R-R-Ring!!' You will be drawing an everyday object — in the style of comic book art — that makes a sound, for which you can include include onomatopoeia.

Can you think of some examples of objects from every-day life, which make a sound that would illustrate onomatopoeia? (Answer: examples — a cell phone, ring; a hammer, bang; a truck, vroom; a firecracker, boom; a turkey, gobble; a sheep, baa; a snake, hiss; a dog, woof; a toaster, pop; a car, zoom; a zipper, zip; a bird, chirp; a duck, quack; a chicken, cluck; a drum, bang; a faucet, drip; etc.) What everyday object will you choose to draw and onomatopoeia word will you illustrate to go with that object? (Child response.)

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Onomatopoeia Art that Pops

Create 'Onomatopoeia Art that Pops' for hands-on fun with Pop art!


8-1/2" x 11" White Cardstock

Colored Markers

No. 2 Pencil

Everything you need to create 'Onomatopoeia Art that Pops!'

DIRECTIONS Using the No. 2 pencil, sketch the everyday object and onomatopoeia of your choice lightly onto the piece of cardstock. *Tip: Be sure to plan for everything to fit on the page.

Using the black marker outline the everyday object and onomatopoeia in a heavy black line.

Using your full marker palette, color in your artwork.

Once your artwork is complete consider yourself a Pop artist, like Roy Lichtenstein!

Add an onomatopoeia word in the comments.

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You can find another fun Pop art inspired activity in Cool Creative Activities.

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