Andy Warhol Lesson for Kids: Biography & Art

Instructor: Nola Bridgens

Nola has taught elementary school and tutored for four years. She has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, a master's degree in Marketing, and is a certified teacher.

Can you imagine becoming famous for painting soup cans? In this lesson, you'll learn about the life and art of Andy Warhol, an artist who became famous for painting an ordinary item from the grocery store.

Soup Cans as Art

How often do you eat a delicious bowl of soup? Do you ever pay attention to the can it comes out of? Campbell's soup cans, a staple in every household, became the subject of a painting by Andy Warhol, a famous artist of the 1960's Pop Art movement. In this lesson we will learn about his life and the art he created.

Andy Warhol: Soup Can Painting

Early Life

Andy Warhol's full name was Andrew Warhola, and he was born in 1928 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, to hard-working immigrants from Slovakia, a country in Central Europe. His parents were Catholic and kept many traditions from their Slovakian culture even though they were now living in the United States.

Andy Warhol

When Andy was still very young, he developed a rare disease of the nervous system and was not able to get out of bed for months. It was during this time that his mother, an artist herself, started giving Andy drawing lessons. This is when his lifelong love of art began.

Andy was given a camera when he was nine years old and decided to learn more about photography. He even made his own darkroom in the basement. Andy also took free art classes offered by the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburg.

When Andy was 14, his dad died. His father believed in Andy's artistic talents so much that he left money for Andy to go to college. After graduating from high school in 1945, Andy began college at the Carnegie Institute of Technology to study pictorial design.

Career as an Artist

Upon graduation, Andy moved to New York City and got a job as a commercial artist, working for magazines and a television station, among other companies. He became a very successful commercial artist and had a unique style of using blotted lines and rubber stamps to create his art.

Andy began creating paintings, and in 1961 introduced the concept of Pop Art paintings of commercial products. Pop Art was an art movement from the 1950s and 1960s, where artists drew their inspiration from comics, movie stars, and store-bought products like cans. This was a completely new and different direction for the art world. In 1962, Warhol debuted his famous Campbell's soup can painting. He also did paintings of Coca-Cola bottles, animals, and flowers.

Andy Warhol: Cows

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