This month, kindergarten artists continued their exploration the Pop Art movement by learning about American artist, Andy Warhol. Andy Warhol explored the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement that flourished in the 1960s.
Through images and the storybook, "Uncle Andy's" by James Warhola, we learned all about how Warhol was a eccentric character-- he had many different wigs, frequently wore sunglasses, had many strange collections, and had close to 25 cats-- all named Sam! We learned that Warhol was very ill as a child and was bedridden for long periods of time, during which his mom would make him soup each day. Ultimately, Warhol became most famous for his series of prints depicting cans of Campbell’s soup. Here's one of ours, using Warhol's crazy colors.
Kindergarteners have also been exploring grocery stores in their classroom as part of their most recent project-based learning study. In art, we talked a little bit about product design and how designers create packaging to try to appeal to the shopper. Artists looked at different products and brands and noticed elements that needed to be included, such as what the product is, product images, brand name, price, ingredients, colors, etc. They also noticed that brands sometimes use characters, like Toucan Sam or Chef Boyardee to help make their product more appealing! After some investigation, our “little Warhols” designed their own soup cans.
You will find our cans on the "shelves" during the upcoming grocery store celebration! Happy shopping!