Andy Warhol, Pets and Printmaking

Andy Warhol was certainly a unique artist. The Factory,  Pop Art, his wig and crazy life-style… there are so many things one can talk about (or not like talking about). But when it comes to introducing his art to the kids, I believe his love for animals (especially his cats and his stuffed great Dane) are the easiest and the most fun way to go.

Of course, we need to print those images so that’s why I’d like to introduce:

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This is really fun and easy for the kids. You can purchase the Styrofoam plates (or use some of the ones you may have at home – from food items). Then you just need to use a pencil or wooden stylus to draw your picture (mirror image). Then spread some ink over it with a roller, put a piece of paper on top and use a roller to press down. Done.

You can learn the basics as well as some little-bit advanced option (like the one for the fish right here) in this short video.

I have taught this lesson in the 1st grade but to make it even more fun for the kid,s I asked them to bring their stuffed animal. We put them on a table and painted their portraits (just like Andy did with his stuffed dog). The results were really awesome! Each child made 4 prints onto 4 different-colored papers and we mounted them onto a large piece of paper. Here they are, what do you think?

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Of course you can use this technique and the lesson to print portraits of kids as well. One of our schools did an amazing job with self-portraits. They printed them on 6 colored papers and then cut them out and mounted them onto another colored papers. Easy and definitely fun to look at.

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Visit our gallery to see even more images and ideas!

If you want to teach this lesson to your kids, here are some links to get you started:

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Warhol’s animals

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Today my Little Artists learned about Andy Warhol, Pop Art and the Factory! The last couple of weeks we have talked about colors and today we focused on colors in animals. We found an animal for each color and then looked at Warhol’s paintings/prints to see how differently they looked.

Each child then chose one animal print to decorate and color and got four copies of it – to really see the difference. We traced the animals with sharpies, added patterns or shapes and then colored them with different crayons. It was a very easy project and it was very interesting to see how differently the kids approached the project. It was fun!

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There is another artist who would be a great match for the Valentine-day’s candy: Andy Warhol. What if he decided to paint the Sweethearts box instead of the can of soup? Try it, or click here to download the .pdf you can print out and color. Just fill in the hearts with messages, experiment with different colors (for the boxes and for the backgrounds), have fun.