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Lesson Plan: Warhol Project

Teacher: Mr. Essex Garner, Eugene R-5 High School, Eugene, Missouri
Cooperating Teacher: Mrs. Rhonda Burkett
Unit: Making Art Art Appreciation Integration
Grade Level: Middle and High School (7 through 12)

Students will be develop and appreciation of Andy Warhol. Learn about patterns and their repeated use and apply their understanding of color theory as it relates to pop and commercial art. Understand and appreciate the contributions of Commercial and Pop Art in society to include the contributions of Andy Warhol.

Strand: (Know about Art), (Making Art) and Elements of Art.

Supplies Needed Tempera paint, 9 x 9 or 12 x 6 Construction or Manila Paper, Scissors and ruler.

Steps 1. Students will develop and idea about their concept drawing and us that concept to draw a template drawing 3 x 3 or 4 x 2. Explain to the students at this point the basic design concepts they will be using thought this project. Go over the explanation
of Pop Art and the differences between Commercial Art. From their design template (much like a silk screen template).

Andy Warhol Project; Art Fundamentals I Art Student, Eugene R-5, Missouri (Right)


Step 2. From the 9 x 9 or 12 x 6 grid pattern chosen by the student, have each section 9 x 9 divided into 3 squares from top to bottom. 12 x 6 grids divided into 4 x 2 rectangles from top to bottom. Have each student decide which design pattern they will use. Examples: Grid, Half Drop or Alternating Pattern.


Step 3. From their concept drawing, have students transfer this image to each section within the basic, half drop or alternating grid design. If using alternating design pattern they can rotate their template through out this project.

Step 4. Students are limited to only four colors through out this project. Emphasis that one of the four colors must be on the bright end of the color spectrum. Students need to pick out a neutral background for their project. Students should stay away from background colors that are related to any colors that are on the basic stenciled patterns.

Step 5. During the drawing process insure that the student makes contact with at least three side of the grid. This will allow for a full figured object within the parameters of the grid.

Vocabulary: Andy Warhol, Commercial Art, Pop Art, Patterns, Grid(s), Half Drop, Alternating Pattern, Silk Screening, Marcel Duchamp, design pattern, screen template, basic stenciled patterns and neutral background.

Andy Warhol Project; Art Fundamentals I Art Student, Eugene R-5, Missouri (Right)

Clean Up: Allow 5 minutes prior to accomplish before class ends.



Andy Warhol Project; Art Fundamentals I Art Student, Eugene
 R-5, Missouri (Left and Right)


Andy Warhol, like, is a cultural phenomenon. It was Duchamp who first promoted the common object to the status of  art. Warhol's favorite printmaking technique was silkscreen. Andy was born in 1928 in Pittsburgh as the son of Slovak immigrants. In the sixties Warhol started painting daily objects of mass production like Campbell Soup cans and Coke bottles. Andy Warhol art was to remove the difference between fine arts and the commercial arts used for magazine illustrations, comic books, record albums or advertising campaigns.



Recommended Web Resources:

Andy Warhol Pop Art on the Internet

a.      Andy Warhol Foundation

b.    Andy Warhol Museum


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