Love (1970) – Robert Indiana

During Easter Holidays from Tuesday 18 to Friday 21, children from 6 to 13 years old will have lots of fun creating pop art and use a variety of creative techniques such as painting, collage, stamping, sculpture and materials like acrylics, ink and foam to name a few.

In the footsteps of pop artists from the 50s and 60s, they will seek inspiration and develop creative ideas in popular media, such as TV, movies, advertising, comics. They will produce their very own bright colored and clear cut original works of art using humour!

They will also learn more about the artwork of some of the major and most accessible Pop artists: Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Keith Haring.

A few words on Pop Art

Newsletter cover in 1966 by Roy Lichtenstein

The Pop Art movement started in the 50’s in London with a group of artists called the Independent Group. It was a rebellion against the Abstract Expressionists, who were considered to be pretentious. It has changed the way we experience culture, making it widely available. Today the aesthetics of Pop Art still influence fine art and mass media.

The movement had migrated to the  United States by the late 1950s. Pop artists celebrated consumerism with a good amount of humour. They extracted visual material from its context and isolated it or associated it with other subjects, using satire to allow the viewer to reflect upon what it symbolized.

Food was an important theme in the pop movement, as well as household objects, such as chairs, toilets and other banal items.

Obviously, Pop Art was closely bound to the pop music phenomenons of the 50s’ and 60s’ and with famous bands, performers and celebrities, like The Beatles,  Elvis Presley or Marilyn Monroe.

Pop artists experimented with collage. Their work was composed of “found” objects such as advertising, comic book characters, magazine covers and other mass produced graphic works that represented American culture.

An important Pop Artist, Roy Lichtenstein, developed a painting style based on comic strips. His paintings had bold colors, black outlines, and tones rendered by “Ben-day dots” (see above). Comics books’ tones were printed with this method comic books during the 1950s’ and the 1960s’.Yellow, red and blue were mainly the colors used by the artist.

In general, Pop Artists’ colors were vivid with strong saturation. On the contrary to Expressionism, Pop Art’s colors didn’t reflect the artists’ inner-self, but referred to the popular culture.

Amongst the movement’s most well-known artists are Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Keith Haring.

Campbell’s Soup (1962) – Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol experimented with techniques such as silkscreen printing, which was a widely popular technique used for mass production.  He thought that “everybody should be a machine.” As a result, he tried to make his art look like it was created by a machine. He also said: “In the future everybody will be famous for fifteen minutes.”, thus summarizing the Pop movement and the increasing importance of television and mass media.

Another interesting figure of Pop Art is an artist named Keith Haring, who had at heart to make his work widely available to the public. He lived in New York and used the city as his canvas: “Riding the subway, he noticed the black paper rectangles of empty advertising panels on station walls; using white chalk, he began filling these black panels with simple, quickly drawn pictures.

“The Radiant Baby” (1988-1990) by Keith Haring

His signature images included dancing figures, a “radiant baby” (a crawling infant emitting rays of light), a barking dog, a flying saucer, large hearts, and figures with televisions for heads. These graffiti drawings attracted the attention of New York commuters, as well as the city authorities: Haring was arrested for vandalism on numerous occasions.Haring soon began to apply his universally recognizable imagery to freestanding drawings and paintings. The energy and optimism of his art, with its bold lines and bright colors, brought him popularity with a wide audience. (…)

Always wanting to make his art more accessible, Haring opened a retail store called the Pop Shop in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood in 1986; the shop sold posters, T-shirts and other affordable items featuring Haring’s signature designs. Over the brief span of his career, the artist completed more than 50 public works, including the anti-drug mural Crack is Wack in a Harlem playground and an illuminated, animated billboard of his “radiant baby” image for New York’s Times Square. He also hosted numerous art workshops for children.” (c.f.
“We are the youth” (1987) Keith Haring


Practical information

Date: Tuesday 18 to Friday 24 April (Easter Holidays)

Time: 14:00 to 17:00

Ages: This workshop is recommended for children from 6 to 13 years old.

Location: Atelier du Square, rue François Bonivard 4, 1201 Geneva. Click here to see map.

Fee for the whole week: CHF 220.- per child, materials and snack included, for the whole week.

Fee for one afternoon: CHF 65.- per child, materials and snack included, for the whole week.

Enrollment : Please download the enrolment sheet here. Complete it and scan or take a picture of it and return to Payments are due on signature of the enrollment sheet. E-banking details are at the bottom of the enrollment sheet. Thank you.

Information : Eurydice Labaki,, +41 (0) 78 696 12 45