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Andy Warhol art idea: elementary age

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MaryAnn Kohl (maryann)
Mon, 16 Aug 99 11:42:23 -0700

This activity is from one of my books, and can be found at
if you would like to see the illustrations that go with it. It's a great activity to do with elementary aged kids, and could certainly work up through high school too. Kids I have worked with really enjoy this....if you don't have a copy machine, I would be curious to know if you have another idea for how to do a Warhol art project similar to this one. Love new ideas!!

Lots of Me!
Andy Warhol (1930-1987) - The American artist Andy Warhol was famous for paintings of celebrities. Warhol's paintings often start with photographs of a famous person. Many of his paintings show repeats of the same image colored in different ways.
His most famous works are pictures of movie star, Marilyn Monroe. He also created art with images of Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley, and the famous red and white Campbell's soup can, an image that almost everyone knows.
This project: The young artist creates a repeating image collage from his own photograph with the use of a photocopy machine, imitating the style of Andy Warhol.

photograph of the artist
photocopy machine
pencil and ruler
colored pencils, crayons, marker pens
12" x 18" sheet of heavy paper

1. Use the photocopy machine to enlarge a photo of the artist so the face of the artist can be trimmed to make a 6" square. Make 6 total copies.
2. With adult help, measure the photocopies to 6" square and trim them so they're all the same size.
3. Lay out the identical six faces on the heavy paper.
4. With colored pencils, crayons or markers, color each of the six faces differently. Move the copies into different positions while working. Cut some of the copies differently, such as cutting all the background out of one copy, or cutting the face out of another and leaving only the background.
5. When happy with the design, glue the 6 copies in place with edges touching like a checkerboard to make a Warhol-like photo collage!

Take pictures with a camera of close-ups of people. Work with the photographs to make a photo-collage.
Use the enlargement feature on the copy machine to make the photo of the artist's face 200% bigger. Color or cut each face differently. Paste down the enlarged copies on a large poster-sized paper.

MaryAnn Kohl
To Kinder-L Loop and Grade-One Loop: I am no longer on your loops, but have sent this idea in anyway 'cause it seems like one you might enjoy with your kids. If you want to contact me, do so directly at maryann. Be happy to answer questions or share ideas.

MaryAnn F. Kohl (WA)