James Rizzi simply makes people want to do art. He is similar to Keith Haring in this way. While studying Rizzi, we focus in on color, spacing, and design.
Students produce two pieces of work as we study Rizzi. We start by studying his birds, as well as work by my former students in a similar style (including a lot of cows, among other animals) as we focus on color and design. We consider especially simple facial features and the moods they reflect. Students then make their own work. Next, we look at Rizzi's landscapes and cityscapes, talking more about color and design, and adding in a focus on spacing and clarity. Students then each make a part of a Rizzi inspired cityscape which we assemble as a class.