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Peter Blake

Activity  1  - Who is Peter Blake?


Meet Peter Blake.

Do you like his badges?

There are some clues in this self-portrait that tell us about Peter Blake. Which pop star do you think he likes?


Blake is wearing a denim jacket, jeans and baseball boots in his self-portrait. Lots of people wear clothes like that now, but in the early 1960s only young people in Britain dressed like this.


Peter Blake was born in Kent in 1932 and is best known as one of the first pop artists in Britain. In the 1950s he was one of a group of young artists who started to paint pictures and make sculptures about popular culture (or pop culture). They painted things they liked such as films, comic books, and pop music. A lot of these things came from America. (Can you spot an American flag on Peter Blake's jacket?).



enlightenedCreate a self-portrait that includes ‘clues’ about the things you like. Top Tip: Take a photograph of yourself to copy from - you can add in the extra details as you draw.

Activity 2 - What was 'popular' in the 1960s? What is 'popular' now?

Pop culture is all about the things that are enjoyed by lots of people in different times or locations. Books, music, fashion are just some of the things that contribute to the identity of society at a particular point in time.


Peter Blake was very interested in American pop culture in the 1960s. This was reflected in his art. Can you investigate what was popular in America in the 1960s?


What is popular in 2020? How has technology influenced what is popular? Are there similarities or differences in popular culture in the 1960s and 2020?


A good place to start might be to compare popular music and dance trends from the 1960s to 2020. Which artists were popular? What dances were popular? Can you think of how the latest dance crazes are shared nowadays?