Warhol-inspired Self Portraits


Artist Residency 2011 – 2012 in collaboration with Artist Carolyn Grane and the 7th grade class at McClure Middle School, Seattle, WA.

For inspiration, we focused on Artist Andy Warhol and the pop art movement of the 1960’s.  Looking at examples of Warhol’s pop art imagery – Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, Mao Tse Tung, Campbell’s soup cans, etc, students were led through a drawing and painting sequence.

Placing a sheet of Plexiglas over their photo, the students traced their picture, exploring varying qualities of thick and thin lines, patterns in hair and clothing, and the selective omission of lines. (wrinkles, smile lines, etc.)

In our painting session, student artists were challenged by exploring the ancient reverse-painting technique.  The process invloves painting in reverse, or mirror image on the back of the glass.  The front will be the glassy side, the linework visible through the glass.  The kids were excited to use bright, unrealistic colors in the vibrant style of Warhol, expressing their colorful middle school personalities.

The 150 finished artworks are permanently installed in the school.

Thank you to McClure PTA for fuding visual art.