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In this lesson students create work similar to Andy Warhol’s Images and use computers


Art, Computers & Internet  


3, 4, 5, 6  

Title – Andy Warhol Images
By – Laura Johnson
Primary Subject – Art
Secondary Subjects – Computers / Internet
Grade Level – 3-6
Objectives: The students will be able to…
– Create images that resemble the manner of Andy Warhol.
– Learn about the expressive qualities of color.
– Apply their knowledge of watercolors.
– Understand the visual arts in relation to history and cultures.

History: Andy Warhol

Aesthetics: personal, thoughtful artistic choices will be made

Concept: Warhol capitalized on recognizability and redundancy, while also imitating the procedure of industrial reproduction.

What you need:
– Polaroid camera
– Scanner
– Heavy paper (9″ * 11″)
– Watercolor paints
– Paint brushes
– Creativity!

Visual aids:
– Andy Warhol prints and/or books, with prints such as:
          – Marilyn Diptych, 1962
          – Natalie, 1962
          – Triple Elvis, 1962
          – Sixteen Jackies, 1964

What to do:
1. Take a picture of each child using the Polaroid camera. Make sure the background is white and it is close up enough to see mainly the child’s face.
2. At home, using a scanner, scan the first child’s picture. Crop the picture as you please. Then copy the image onto a Word document four times (two images on top, two images on bottom). Enlarge to fit the paper.
** Print in black and white**
3. Introduce the children to Andy Warhol by first discussing the word “Pop Art.”
          – Pop art began in Great Britain, the completely developed in America,
          – Pop artists dealt with the juxtaposing of high art and low class art, the lack of connection with the art, and television.
– Andy Warhol was born on August 6, 1928 in Pennsylvania.
– He graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1949.
– Once he began doing art, all of his subjects came from popular culture.
          – It was not a portrait, but an image of a celebrity.
          – The picture was a press released photograph.
          – The picture does not reveal anything about the subject.
– Warhol use photo silkscreen, which was a mechanical (like a tabloid) procedure, in which the image quality was deliberately lousy and the color was off key.
4.          Show the students the visual aids.
5.          Pass out the reproduced Polaroid pictures of the children (that you remade).
6.          Have the children use the watercolor paints to color the composition. Encourage the children to use colors that they would not normally be. Each picture can be different from the next.
7.          Once the paintings are dry, hang for other students to see and admire!

– Tell me about the pictures we looked at by Warhol.
– What types of images did he use?
– How are his pictures similar to the ones we completed? (process)

Biography retrieved from:,+Andy
Faerna, Maria J. Warhol. New York: Cameo/ Abrams Publishers. 1997.

Biography on creator:
I graduated from Illinois State University and I am working in an art program teaching 8-10 year olds art.

E-Mail Laura Johnson !

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