History of Art #31 – Warhol

We have arrived at the penultimate lesson in our History of Art project.  The artist being covered was Andy Warhol and I knew his graphic style, his bold use of colour and his allusions to pop culture would appeal to the kids.  They were able to see the genre connections to Roy Lichtenstein’s art work right away which was pleasing.  We spent a lot of time looking at and discussing various Warhol paintings and prints.  It was interesting how much the art appealed to the boys’ sense of fun but there was not the same depth of discussion as there has been about many of the other artists we have studied.  We covered Warhol’s commentary on mass consumption, commercialism and celebrity but otherwise the discussion was pretty superficial.  Interesting.

I thought for sure that my 8 year old, as a massive fan of the king, would choose to work on his own version of an Elvis print.  He surprised me, however, and instead took his inspiration from the banana on the Velvet Underground’s album cover.

31 - Warhol - E

My 10 year old liked the idea of playing with iconic brand logos and so drew a can of coke from memory.

31 - Warhol - O

My 12 year old continued on his mission to make every drawing about either Minecraft or penguins and created a series of four Creeper portraits instead of Marilyns.

31 - Warhol - AB

My 6 year old went completely off piste and churned out several drawings.  I never ask my kids, “What is this?” so I cannot relay to you what his drawings depict.  He was inspired and he loved drawing.  That’s all that really matters.

31 - Warhol - AR3

31 - Warhol - AR2

31 - Warhol - AR1

Like my 10 year old, I went with Warhol’s use of brands and logos as my inspiration.  The Campbell’s soup can series was my jumping off point but I put a Halloween twist on things by combining my favourite fruit with my favourite vegetable to make a disgusting concoction, adding a zombie bunny to the logo and using unappetising colours.

31 - Warhol - Laura

17 thoughts on “History of Art #31 – Warhol

  1. Like your kids, I’ve learned so much from this project, Laura. I felt like a grade schooler studying art with your kids. Well, the truth is I really am. 🙂 This may come to an end but I am already looking forward to learning from your new project.

    • I’m glad it’s been educational for you. That makes me feel like it was worth blogging about this project.

      I have lots of ideas rattling around my head for next year’s summer project. I will eventually land on the one that will work best for the span of ages and engage them in various ways to work with their different personalities. Meanwhile I might see what they think about undertaking an art challenge with me when I start on 100 faces.

  2. Laura,

    I’m really impressed with the way in which you childrens’ drawing skills have developed over the course of the summer. Kudos to you Mom!! And of course, yours was always tip-top!

    • Thank you, Hannah. I think just getting them drawing different things has been a boon. My kids draw every day anyway (and Friday night treat is being allowed to draw in bed) but they tend to draw the same things over and over so it was good to get them thinking about different subjects and doing things like drawing from observation rather than imagination. My younger two are also much more interested in painting now which is great.

    • Thanks, Carmen. The project was a lot of fun. The boys are able to identify all sorts of art now and see the influence of key artists on things like adverts. It’s heartening that they’ve absorbed the learning.

      • I think it’s fabulous! Yes, Laura, the younger you expose them to different things, the more they will grow culturally and all around! I learned English when was 12 years old because we lived in a border town and could watch American TV. By the time we moved to the US, I was able to converse and fit right with the other kids, but culturally, believe it or not, I had a hard time. My sister who is four years younger had a lot of trouble learning English and even now has problems reading in both languages. My mom didn’t need to learn English, although she tried, because I was her interpreter. They younger one is the better it is to learn another language. My kids are Spanish/English speakers, but they are not fluent – they just get by. Start early to teach them a new language!

      • I would love for my kids to pick up languages. I wasn’t exposed to language teaching until I was 12-ish and I just found it too difficult. I did study Latin but there’s not much call for that when traveling. Ha ha!

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