Andy Warhol was Born August 6, 1928 in Pennsylvania. As a child, he was often ill and spent lots of time reading and drawing. He eventually went to art college and then moved to New York and started doing magazine illustrations. He began getting all kinds of other job offers for design work soon and finally was able to sell his paintings. He was so successful that he had to hire others to help him in his studio, which he called the Factory. Warhol’s art showed everyday objects and famous people and used bright colors and simple shapes. This style of art came to be called Pop Art. Andy Warhol died February 22, 1987.
Some books you might enjoy:
Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists: Andy Warhol: These are wonderful simple biographies geared toward elementary-aged students. My son loves the funny illustrations and always comes away with a good grasp of the most important facts about the artist.
Andy Warhol’s Colors: Include your youngest children in your artist study with this fun book of colors shown in Warhol’s works.
Great American Artists for Kids: This is a wonderful resource book that includes detailed instructions for activities in the style of many American artists.
Handy Andy: We tried this project from Artolazzi when we studied Warhol–check in the comments section for more detailed instructions. It was simple enough for my three year old to do with minimal help but it was still enjoyable for my eight year old, too, and I love how they turned out!
If you’re keeping an Artist Notebook, try this free Andy Warhol notebooking page!