Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Warhol Style Gridwork

4th grade is studying the Pop Art movement and more specifically Andy Warhol.  
Pop art challenged traditions of fine art by including images from popular culture (News, advertising.)

1968 Warhol

Students learned how to draw using a grid; they first worked on a 1:1 grid, this means 1 inch on the image is equal to 1 inch on their new grid. After practicing a 1:1 grid, students moved onto a large grid.  Our size for our final grid is about 1:50.  They turned an example of Warhol's famous Tomato soup can (1 small sheet of paper) into 50 separate grid sheets creating one group project.

Students worked together to assemble the grid on the floor and fixing any mistakes along the way.  They used problem solving skills to correct any mistakes along the way.  Instead of everyone working separate, students formed groups of 5-7 students and that group was in charge of 10 sheets in the grid. 

After problem solving, they tried it again and the second time it was even better!

After this second practice session, students were ready for their final draft.  On watercolor paper, students drew the can again, after drawing they outlined their sections with crayons.  The crayon color helped students figure out which section they would be painting.

I could not be more pleased with how great this final product looks; after the first practice day, students were convinced it would be a disaster but to their delight, it was a success!

Students will install these around school with a short bit of information about Andy Warhol.  
I will have more pictures to come, I was just too excited not to post this!

Our School's spin on the logo


  1. I had the pleasure of volunteering today in Mr. Kantor's classroom. I am impressed at how his enthusiasm and love for art brings out the creativity in these kids.