For the final term of year 5 our topic is going to be about The Americas.
||42,549,000 km2 (16,428,000 mi2
||1,001,559,000 (2016 estimate)
We will be particularly looking at pop art and the Amazon.
Here are some facts about Pop Art.
- Pop art, or popular art, was an art movement of the 1950s and 60s in America and Europe. It made use of popular imagery, such as comics, films, advertising and household objects.
- The movement was a reaction against the traditions of accepted art. It often used bright colours such as red, blue and yellow, as well as images of celebrities or fictional characters from TV or comics.
- Silk screen printing and collage were widely used techniques of the time.
- Eduardo Paolozzi is said to have created the first pop art work in 1952, called I Was a Rich Man’s Plaything. Paolozzi formed the Independent Group in London that same year.
- Some of the most famous pop artists included Richard Hamilton, David Hockney and Jasper Johns. Another well known pop artist was Peter Blake who designed one of the Beatles’ album covers.
- Andy Warhol was the most famous pop artist. His work consisted of prints using repeated images of familiar images from everyday life, including banknotes, soup tins and Marilyn Monroe.
The Amazon rainforest in Brazil is the largest rainforest in the world and is home to a complex ecosystem of plants and animals. Big businesses and farming are changing the nature of the area at the expense of the rainforest and the local populations. The sheer size of the rainforest means that what is happening in Amazonia has an effect upon the rest of the world.