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Warhol's Restaurant

Andy Warhol’s paintings and prints of food are iconic examples of the Pop-art movement. Here students create their own Pop-art images of their favorite foods.

  • Grade 4
    Grade 5
  • 60 to 90 Minutes
  • Directions

    1. Introduce students to Andy Warhol/Pop-art. A helpful video can be found on YouTube at Discuss as a class what they learned from the video (What is Pop-art? What are subjects Warhol commonly used? What type of colors, lines? Why do they think Warhol decided to work in this way?)
    2. Show students Warhol’s Hamburger, 1985. If possible show them multiple versions i.e. Double Hamburger, 1986, hot pink on pink, Double Hamburger, 1985-86, yellow and red on white, Hamburger, 1985-86, white on black. Encourage students to compare and contrast the images (subject is the same, colors and organization vary). Which do they prefer and why? How do the colors used change the way the viewer perceives or interprets the art?
    3. Explain how students will be creating their own food inspired art. Students may choose any food item according to the class intended curriculum. Some ideas include: a nutritious food item for Nutrition Month, food from a specific food group to learn the food pyramid, food which is mass produced, food from a different country (i.e. what would Warhol have drawn if he was a French, Spanish or African artist instead of American?), food offered from a local restaurant to integrate community, etc.
    4. Distribute paper (white or colored), pencils, newsprint, a variety of Crayola® Markers and letter stencils if available. Have students do a sketch of their chosen foods in the desired sizes on the newsprint first.
    5. Demonstrate how students can make multiple copies of the same image by shading the backs of their newsprint in pencil and then tracing over their sketch with pen leaving a “carbon copy” on their good copy paper in their choice of color.
    6. Allow students to add color to their good copies using Crayola Markers. Encourage use of color, creativity and line work. Students may add simple text to their images.
    7. Display completed work on a bulletin board or in a book as a “menu” for Warhol’s Restaurant. Encourage students in all classes to “order” items by filling out a small ballot indicating which item they would choose and why. (Optional)
  • Standards

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.

    VA: Describe how different expressive features and organizational principles cause different responses.

    VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas.

    VA: Compare the characteristics of works in two or more art forms that share similar subject matter, historical periods, or cultural context.

    VA: Use subjects, themes, and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values, and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artworks.

  • Adaptations

    For younger students create a stencil of a popular food and encourage each student to color it differently using a variety of markers and highlighters and create a class collaborative Warhol inspired piece.

    Andy Warhol also created a short video of himself eating a hamburger. Have students view this video and make their own food eating videos using iMovie or similar technology if available. View video at

    Claes Oldenburg is an artist who creates large scale sculptures of everyday items. One of his sculptures is a hamburger. Have students compare and contrast Warhol and Oldenburg’s pieces (Media? Mood? Style? Which do they prefer? Why? Etc.) Have students create their own 3-D food items using large paper rolls cut into food shapes stapled together and stuffed with newspaper.

    If the school has a school cafeteria, have students create Warhol’esque’ art to depict items on the cafeteria menu or commonly eaten home food to decorate the cafeteria.


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