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Pop Art Portraits

For this project you will need to paint your self portrait in the style of Pop Art. To do this, you will use Photoshop’s “Posterize” Filter to give your self portrait a similar look to Pop Art. Your final photo print out should be an 8” x 10” self portrait with a minimum of three colors (black, gray and white). After gridding the photo, you will paint your self portrait using a monochromatic value scale. Monochromatic- “Mono” means one and “chroma” means color so monochromatic means lights and darks of one color. For example, if you choose to paint your portrait in blue you would use tints and shades of blue. Value Scale- Value refers to the lightness or darkness of a color. To make tints of a color, lighten the color with varying amounts of white paint. To make shades of a color, darken the color with varying amounts of black. Here is a value scale example. Notice that each color in the value scale is distinct. No two are the same.

How to “Posterize” a photograph in Adobe Photoshop • • • • • •

Open Adobe Photoshop on the computer (Start > All programs > Adobe Master collection CS3 > Adobe Photoshop CS3) Open your photo in Photoshop (File > Open etc….) Change your photo to grayscale (Image > Mode > Grayscale….when it asks if you want to discard color, click “yes”) Use the “Posterize” Filter (Image > Adjustments > Posterize….Try out different numbers such as 3, 4 or 5. This will change the amount of colors in the photo to 3 colors, 4 colors or 5 colors. Choose the number that you like best for your photo.) Crop your photo so that you have an interesting compostion. Change the size of your photo (Image > Image size …..If it is a vertical portrait, change the height to 11 inches. If it is a horizontal portrait, change the width to about 11 inches.) If you have a horizontal portrait, you may want to change the page set-up to “landscape” format by clicking on file > page set-up and then choose “landscape”.



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In what ways is your painting similar to the style of Andy Warhol?

How well do you feel you painted the various sections of color using a full value scale of your color (value means lights and darks)?

What surprised you about this painting or what do you think the most successful part of your work is?

If you were to do this project again, what would you do differently next time?

What letter grade do you feel you have earned for this project? _____ Please write a few sentences explaining why you chose that grade.

A Excellent Outstanding Planned carefully, designed effectively, used space effectively.

B Very Good Above Average Student made an effective design. Showed an awareness of filling the space adequately.

Creativity/ Originality

The student tried unusual combinations; demonstrated outstanding problemsolving skills.

The student made decisions after referring to one source; solved the problem in a logical way.

The student tried one idea, and carried it out adequately, but it lacked originality.

Effort/ Perseverance

The project was continued until it was as complete as the student could make it; gave effort far beyond that required; took pride in going well beyond the requirement. The artwork was beautifully and patiently done; it was good as hard work could make it.

The student worked hard and completed the project, but with a little more effort it might have been outstanding.

Project was finished, but it could have been improved with more effort; chose an easy project and did it indifferently.

With a little more effort, the work could have been outstanding; lacks the finishing touches.

The student showed average craftsmanship; adequate, but not as good as it could have been; a bit careless.

The student followed through on commitments, was sensitive to the feelings and knowledge level of others, willingly participated in necessary work.

The student participated enthusiastically, followed through on commitments, performed more than adequately, assisted in prep and cleanup.

The student did his or her share of work adequately, assisted in preparation and cleanup when asked.


Craftsmanship / Consistency


C Average/ Good The student did the assignment adequately, yet it shows lack of planning.

D Below Average

F Unsatisfactory /Poor

The assignment was completed and turned in, but showed little evidence of design or planning.

The student did the minimum or the artwork was never completed.

The student fulfilled the assignment, but gave no evidence of trying anything unusual.

The student showed no evidence of original thought.

The project was completed with minimum effort.

The student did not finish the work adequately. The student did not put in enough effort.

The student showed below-average craftsmanship, lack of pride in finished artwork.

The student showed poor craftsmanship; evidence of laziness or total lack of understanding.

The student allowed others to do most of the work, did participate minimally, did the minimum amount.

The student did a minimal amount of preparation and cleanup. The student had a poor attitude.

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Directions and Rubric for Pop Art Portrait Project