The focus of this unit of work is ‘Superheroes’. This project provides a series of activities that can be taught as a sequence of lessons to form a complete unit of work or lessons could be taught separately to complement topic work already being covered in class.
In this project children will explore the Pop Art movement, with a specific focus on the work of Roy Lichtenstein. They will take inspiration from Lichtenstein’s work and experiment with a range of different materials and processes in order to investigate colour, style, composition and a new technique inspired by Lichtenstein’s use of Ben-Day dots. Lichtenstein’s work also lends itself to great cross-curricular links with Literacy, in which children will create their own comic strip and look at the use of onomatopoeia. The main characters in this comic will be superheroes created by the children – children will think of the backstory, superpowers and outfit for these superheroes, thus developing skills in design, creativity and sewing. Creative outcomes using apps and artwork produced by the children will provide opportunities for children to explore personal responses to art, make evaluations and ask questions. Children will defend their personal responses by engaging in a class debate and writing a letter to an art gallery. These diverse writing tasks will encourage children to consider specific writing styles and language.