Andy Warhol Invitations Three Ways
Andy Warhol was one of the most prolific and popular artists of his time. He ventured into a wide variety of art forms, including performance art, filmmaking, video installations, and controversially blurred the lines between fine art and mainstream aesthetics.
Most of us know that art is important for children. But beyond why it is important for them to create art it is just vital to expose children to famous artists. Art connects us all. It can take us through history, introduce us to other cultures, the world around us, and to ourselves. Therefore the more a child is exposed to the arts, the more techniques they are aware of, the more they can problem solve to think critically, the more they can creatively express themselves, the more accepting they are, and the more beauty they can see in the world around them. Art is one of the fundamental components of what makes us ALL uniquely human.
Invitation to Create Andy Warhol's Happy Bug Day, 1950s.
After reading the Andy Warhol Happy Bug Day Board Book we invited the children to create their very own bugs inspired by his work created in the 1950s. We provided recycled bottle caps, pipe cleaners, google eyes, poster paper, and glue.
2. Invitation to Create Andy Warhol's Flowers, 1964.
Instead of observing flowers in nature, Andy Warhol found his botanical inspiration in a 1964 issue of Modern Photography. He transformed a photograph of hibiscus blossoms into a technicolor series of silkscreens, simply titled Flowers. We invited the children to spray green fluorescent tempera paint that was mixed with water into spray bottles onto black butcher paper. After it dried we invited them to make sponge prints of flowers all over the butcher paper.
3. Invitation to Create Andy Warhol's Pop Art Bill Posting
Andy Warhol was obsessed with consumerist culture, including magazine advertisements, celebrities & fashion. This interest came to play out in his best-known works of art, most notably hand-painted Campbell's Soup Cans. We made copies from the Andy Warhol coloring book, did bill posting of his art on our fence, & invited the children to paint with fluorescent tempera paint.