Mar 10, 2010

Andy Warhol Portraits

Andy Warhol's repetitive style is fun to duplicate and the perfect example for students to create their own repetitive drawings using Sharpies on acetate.
1. Review some of Andy Warhol's portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, etc. Collect several photos of celebrities or of the student's themselves and copy in black and white. Let the student's choose one photo, and give them 3 sheets of acetate and a black Sharpie marker.
2. Ask the students place the acetate over their photos and trace the edges in black. When tracing is complete, the voids can be filled in with colored Sharpies. After one drawing is complete, the students are to make two more, using a variety of colors.
3. Trim the acetate if necessary. Using colorful card stock, cut three paper frames to fit the size of the art. Tape the acetate to the back of each frame. The panels can be posted flat to a wall, or taped together to make a z-fold card.
This sample was made by a 2nd grader.

7 comments:

Amida said...

My kids had a blast doing this project. After tracing their own images, they swapped pictures and colored in each other. The pictures turned out fantastic and we've gotten lots of great comments on it.

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stacey said...

We just finished a Jackson Pollock project

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R88LBNjWp3Q

can't wait to try out some of your ideas... Warhol is next!!

thanks!

popularart said...

Teaching the kids how to create this kind of art is a great initiative.

Melanie said...

WOW! Looks great , and sounds so easy. We'll definitely give this a try sometime soon, as well as the Andy Warhol prints. Love your ideas :)

wholesaleoilpaintings said...

thanks for this blog. im sure many kids will learn from this. keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

We did this project in an elementary school, for grades K-6. It was one of our most successful ever. Rather than having three sheets of acetate per kid, we had them bring in old school pictures of different sizes and each one used one piece of acetate. So, if they brought a 5X7, they had two pics of themselves on the same sheet. One kid brought a whole sheet of little pics, and had about 32 on his acetate, each colored differently! You really do need Sharpies to lay down good strong color. They kids loved this project. Nice job!

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