A Splash of Color on a Gray Day. Romero Britto.

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by Romero Britto

Romero Britto is a personification of happiness. Look at his photographs – he is always smiling! And his art makes those who look at it smile, too.  Not having a second thought we decided to follow his brightly colored footsteps.

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When the sky is grey and you need to put two jackets and three scarves to go outside (yes, the cold is finally here), art can be a very powerful instrument to lift your spirits up.

Romero Britto was born in Brazil and became interested in art from a very early age. Despite the fact that he never studied art formally, his desire to excel kept pushing him to try new ways to express himself. He traveled to Europe and USA where he found out that all this time he was creating Pop Art!

Pop Art was favored by the art critics in the 50s. As a reaction to many pompous beret wearing artists and their fancy paintings with significant meanings, a can of soup was born. Well, not just any can of soup. Andy Warhol’s Can of Campbells’ Tomato Soup:

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Warhol traced reflected images of all 32 soup varieties on canvases for perfect resemblance. The paintings were a huge success – all cans recognized themselves.

So, what is Pop Art? To make a long story short, artists  take what is popular to discuss in newspapers, magazines, movies e.t.c. and make art out of it. Clever! That is why we call it Pop Art. Or if an artist really likes the soup, or wants the whole world to know how HAPPY he is,  Pop Art is the answer.

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81-PEuVpPoL._SL1500_I found a lot of Britto’s artworks containing words, slogans and mottoes which gave me an idea to not just paint a picture but create bubbly signatures with the kids names.

For the project we used:

Here are the names:

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Valeria, 4
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Maria, 10
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Anna, 4
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Sasha, 9
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Nicholas, 5
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Victoria, 3
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Nicholas, 9

 

We did not finish everything at once because the painting needed to be dry in order to finish them with markers, so we completed it on the next class. I would say that it took us a little more then an hour to do the project, less if you cut messing around. Considering that this is an important part of our work process, I’d say, an hour at least.

Here is a link to Britto’s official website.

And this is a Wikipedia’s Pop Art Page, if you have any questions.

While messing around, I mean, while creating we were listening to a cheerful classical music soundtrack, which I recommend for this kinda project.

Enjoy!

 

 

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5 thoughts on “A Splash of Color on a Gray Day. Romero Britto.

  1. Oh how I love these! The beautiful colors make me so happy! I am now inspired to make some art with the kids, a good project for tomorrow as schools are closed 🙂

    1. Thank you for your comment, Anca! I hope you and the kids will enjoy it as much as we did. If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask me.

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