“Isn’t life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?”
Andy Warhol studied pictorial design in school and then moved to New York, where he became a commercial artist, illustrating magazines, designing window displays, creating advertisements, and designing book covers. He transitioned from commercial to fine artist in 1960, when he began appropriating comic-strip characters, Coca-Cola bottles, and Campbell’s soup cans, catapulting him to the forefront of a new movement called Pop art. In 1963 Warhol opened his studio—known as the Factory—where he used screen printing to produce increasingly impersonal artwork that depicted commonplace objects, celebrities, and images from the media.
Let Warhol inspire your students to:
- Create a fun-foam stamp based on an object from their kitchen or classroom.
- Use photo-editing software to manipulate the colors in a photograph of themselves.
- Use paints to replicate the packaging of their favorite brand of cereal.
- Make black-and-white photocopies of everyday objects, and then paint over them with acrylic paint.
- Choose an iconic work of art and alter it with paint or collage.
- Use the copy machine to create a small magazine (a “zine”) featuring their personal art and writing.
- Create a lino print or Styrofoam print, and then turn it into a 3-D object.
Books for students:
Uncle Andy’s: A Faabbbulous Visit with Andy Warhol, James Warhola
Uncle Andy’s Cats, James Warhola
Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists: Andy Warhol, Mike Venezia
Andy Warhol: Pop Art Painter, Susan Goldman Rubin
Fabulous! A Portrait of Andy Warhol, Bonnie Christensen
Artists in Their Time: Andy Warhol, Linda Bolton
Warhol Time Web, Gradient Labs
About Andy, The Warhol
Resources and Lessons, The Warhol
The Andy Warhol Family Album, Warhol Family
Imagining Alter Egos, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
American Masters: Andy Warhol, PBS
Find out more from The Museum of Modern Art:
What Is a Print?
Campbell’s Soup Cans, gallery label text, publication excerpts
Campbell’s Soup Cans, children’s audio guide
Campbell’s Soup Cans, adult audio guide
S&H Green Stamps, publication excerpts