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Level: Junior
Grades: 3-5 | Age: 8-11 | Written by: Geoff Snyder
[Geoff is a teacher at Harry Hoag Elementary in Fort Plain, NY]
With notes and images from Andrea Mulder-Slater,

Students will make three-color crayon portraits of themselves in the style of pop artist Andy Warhol.



Andy Warhol, pop art, portraits, color, bold, repetition

What You Need:
What You Do:

Day One:

  1. Introduce Andy Warhol to the class. If possible have reproductions of "100 Soup Cans, 25 Marilyns and Green Coca-Cola Bottles, 1962. Explain the term "pop art" and how the term applies to Warhol's work. Also point out the use of repetition in Warhol's work and how he wanted to become a machine.

  2. Explain to the students that they will be creating self-portraits, but using Warhol's sense of color and use of repetition. Show students the correct way of drawing the human head and placement of their facial features. Each student should have a mirror (a picture of them will work also) before working and remind them to use it. Give each student a sheet of 6x6 inch white drawing paper. Each student should then draw his or her face. Remind the students to keep it simple and not to add to much detail. When each student has finished, they are to go over their drawing in black marker.

    Optional -- instead of having students create drawings of themselves, take photos of each student's face and use those as the originals - instead of drawings. See example image above.

  3. Before the next class, photocopy each student's portrait 6 times. This is the repetition part of the lesson.

Day Two and Three:
  1. Begin class recapping the day before and talk about Warhol's use of repetition and wanting to be a machine. Hand each student their drawing and 6 photocopies. I have my students color each portrait using 3 colors. They are to color each section of the portrait (hair, face, shoulders and background) a solid color. My students can only use a color combination once. They can use the same colors again, but not the same combination. I also discourage the use of black, white and brown crayons. I tell my students to keep their portraits as bright and colorful as possible.

  2. Once the students have finished coloring each portrait they are to cut them out. They should be cut out to their original 6x6 inch size. Give each student a sheet of 18x24 inch black construction paper. The students are to arrange and then glue their 6 portraits to the black paper. This should be done horizontally. Close the lesson by discussing Warhol and how his work related to the project. Have a small art show by hanging up all the works around the room and let the students walk around and look at each one. Have the students pick a favorite work and explain why they like it.

About Andy Warhol:

Type of Work: Painting and Illustration
Born: 1930 (Pennsylvania)
Died: 1987
Nationality: American
Style/Movement: Pop Art
Best Known For: Using everyday images in his work.
Important Works: Mao, 1973, Marilyn, 1964, Campbell's Soup 1, 1968

Andy Warhol
Green Marilyn, 1962
silkscreen on synthetic polymer
paint on canvas, (20" x 16")
Gift of William C. Seitz and Irma S. Seitz,
in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the
National Gallery of Art
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
Reprinted with Permission

More Information:

Andy Warhol @ the NGA

Andy Warhol Museum

Recommended Books/Products:

Andy Warhol (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)
by: Mike Venezia

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