Kids of all ages will love making this self portrait Andy Warhol art created with markers. It is an art lesson for children that is inexpensive and easy to do, and it provides an opportunity to teach them about art history.
This art project is also beautiful because it celebrates each child who is wonderfully and fearfully made. I love art and crafts that become personalized because a child’s image was used. It adds extra value.
Here are a couple other projects we’ve done using a child’s photo: turning children’s photos into interchangeable blocks and turning kids into their own magnet dolls.
Self Portrait Andy Warhol Art Created with Markers
If you are looking for an art project for your tween or teen, they tend to love this self portrait Andy Warhol art created with markers. However, younger kids are perfectly capable of taking part in this art lesson also. Below, you will see images of my kids doing this craft project when they were younger.
My girls were 5 and 3 1/2 when we originally did this art activity. While the three year old needed a bit more guidance, they were both capable.
When my kids were younger, the principal at my daughter’s school approached me and introduced me to another teacher. He said, “Since you are an artist and former teacher, I thought of you because there is an Andy Warhol exhibit at our local museum and his students are going. I thought you might be able to come up with a lesson idea that could teach about this great artist.”
I almost laughed out loud, but I composed myself and explained that “artist” was a generous term. We will stick with “psuedo-artist” for now, thank you very much.
All that said, I remembered an art lesson I learned when I was getting my teaching degree. My professor believed strongly in teaching art and art history at the same time. It was a really fun class because we were able to just do a bunch of the art and create lessons around it. One of our text books was this one: Discovering Great Artists. Our teacher taught us about this Andy Warhol art project from that book in that class.
When I started my blog, I passed on the lesson to you.
Life came full circle when the authors of this book reached out to ask if they could use a photo from my site for the updated 2nd edition of their book. How fun. Below you will see picture a picture of me updating this post and an image from the book. We are also featured in the book in the M.C. Escher lesson.
Materials Needed to Make Self Portrait Andy Warhol Art Created with Markers
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- Scissors or a Cutter
- White Scrapbook Paper, 12″ x 12″
- 4 Black and White Photos of Your Child (same photo just copied), printed to 6″ x 6″
- Double Sided Tape or Glue Stick
Note: See directions for alternate size options.
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How to Make Self Portrait Andy Warhol Art Created with Markers
- Take a picture of your child. You could even take a picture of your dog or yourself. You can do this craft with or for anyone! With Kenzie, I added a hair ribbon, and she already had some fabulous beads on her neck. Abby’s outfit was a bit more simple, but it worked well. You want to make sure you have a pretty plain background and a clear picture.
- The next step is to crop the phot, resize it and turn it black and white. You will want to crop and resize it to be a 6″ x 6″ square. I use Picasa, but you can use an online editing program like PicMonkey too. Print this out four times. Important note: All that said, you can make this project any size. In the video tutorial you can see the 4 photos all resized onto a 8.5″ x 11″ paper and printed directly from there.
- Now it is time color the images. Introduce the idea of contrasting colors end encourage childr3en to use contrasting colors where two colors would be touching.
- Once the coloring is complete, cut out each picture.
- The final step is to use a glue stick or double stick tape to attach the picture to the 12″ x 12″ heavy scrapbook paper.
Note: With my younger child, I found the best way to get a cool product for her was to let her choose the colors for the different areas. Then, I drew a line around a specific section with the marker. She was then able to color it more accurately.
Now, some of you art history buffs may be calling foul. You may look at these images and say they aren’t exactly like Andy Warhol because we didn’t color the face.
You are right.
Do a Google image search if you have no idea what I am talking about.
I’m giving myself some leniency by saying that art is subjective and this is our own version. You are allowed to color the faces any way you please. I kinda liked keeping all the skin black and white, but it’s totally up to you.
Video and Pictures of the Process
Enjoy creating with your kids and students. Make art fun for all.
I am in love with this!! I have to make it with my kids. I have a Saturday linky party & would love to have you stop by and participate if you have the chance.
This is an awesome idea! I’m going to try to do it with my boys. I think they will love it!
So fun!! My kiddo would love this.
HOW FUN! 🙂 I am loving Kenzie’s blue lips in that one pic; hilarious! My word your kids are adorable!
Did you print pics on regular paper and use regular markers? Or photo paper with sharpie markers? I want to do this with my 2nd graders!
You’ll love this project. I just printed it on regular paper and used regular markers. It’s so much fun, and I think the parents will love the results. Let me know how it goes.
Get project!!! How long did this project take? I am teaching a class of k-2 and we have 40 minutes to finish this. I know I’m going to have to streamline some steps. Any ideas to help would be appreciated!
I think as long as you have the pictures printed out and ready to go, 40 minutes should be fine. I would just take the pictures, print them out and cut them to size. Then, the day of (the 40 minutes) can be used for coloring and gluing. I hope that helps, and I hope it goes really well!
This is awesome and exactly what I am looking for. I am teaching a 6 -7 year old Sunday School class this Sunday on Father’s Day. I have pics of each of the kiddos and thought this would be fun to make them smaller and make a magnet out of them. I was thinking I would print out wallets from Costco and try to figure out markers that would work on photos but reality is I will probably print them out and have them ready for the kids to color.
How did they turn out. I love your magnet adaptation idea. I’m so glad you found something that you are excited about. On a side note, thanks so much for investing in the lives of those kiddos and doing things to make Sunday School engaging. Keep up the good work! Blessings!
I am also interested if you printed these self portraits on photo paper or regular and what kind of markers did you use?
Hi! We just used plain, heavier stock paper. Photo paper would not work well. I’m not quite sure of the brand of photos. I don’t think that is as important as the paper. I imagine you could just use Crayola. Hope that helps. Love this project.