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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Warhol Soup-er Power Cans

Created on May 01, 2013 by RVArtist

This is a pop-art lesson that focuses on the work of Andy Warhol, combining his work with Campbell's soup cans and his Superhero prints.

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2 sessions; 40 minutes per session

1.SWBAT Recognize the artwork of Andy Warhol as Pop-Art.
2. SWBAT Consider what makes as effective label or advertisement.
3. SWBAT Create their own labeled can to hold whatever super power they want to preserve or contain.
4. SWBAT Use art materials responsibly while creating their own soup label and can.

1. 1 clean tin can
2. Glue
3. White label cut to 4”x9” or whatever the cans size is
4. pencils
5. markers
6. crayons
7. construction paper
8. scissors

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1. Using the a work of Andy Warhol as your background and your supplies think of a Soup-er Power that you would want to preserve in your can to use when in an emergency.
2. Start by writing your name with an ‘s to show ownership in big fancy letters at the top of your paper.
3. Next, near the bottom of the label write the super power you want to preserve.
4. Draw a circle, symbol, or design in the middle of your label like Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans have.
5. Next, you could add a short one lined motto to go with your soup.
6. Go ahead and color! Make that can bold and bright so that someone may want to pick it up off the shelf at the super market.
7. Create something coming out of your can as if it has been opened? Use the construction paper and scissors to make something dripping or pouring out.

Some Background Info:
(Andy Warhol was born Andrew Warhola. He is perhaps the most faous pop artist of all time. He began his career as a successful commercial artist who created illustrations and advertisements for magazines.He wanted success as a gallery artist as well. When he created large colorful painted or printed images of everyday products,such as soup cans, people loved them and many of these found their way into museums and galleries as art pieces. As a result of Warhol’s advertising experience, he realized that when he had a formula that worked he could use it over and over. Andy didn’t design the original product packaging; he copied well-known products much larger than the real thing.Ask students if they think these belong in a museum. Why? Why not? Warhol painted the image of Campbell’s tomato soup can because it was the soup that his mother made for him every day as a child in Pittsburgh. Cans are used to preserve and contain things that may be used or go to waste. Sometimes people save things in cans until they really need them later. What kind of things would you want to can and save until you really needed them? If you had a super power that you could use in a desperate situation what would it be? How would you label it?)

What is art called that used images from popular culture?
What is art called that is used for advertisements and illustrations in magazines?

Understanding of vocabulary:

Art/ Artist
graphic artist
commercial artwork

“100 Soup Cans” Andy Warhol Print

“Beef Soup” Andy Warhol Print

“Myths: Superman” 1981


TheWarhol:Coloring Book from The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

Artists in Their Time: Andy Warhol

This is a great project to do in with a large group of students. I have done this is a museum setting as well as with an after school event during YAM. I collected over 400 cans for each event and it was a huge hit!


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[K-4] Students use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories
[K-4] Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner
[5-8] Students intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[K-4] Students use visual structures and functions of art to communicate ideas

Visual Arts Standard 3:
Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas

[K-4] Students select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning

Visual Arts Standard 4:
Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures

[K-4] Students identify specific works of art as belonging to particular cultures, times, and places

Visual Arts Standard 5:
Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others

[K-4] Students understand there are various purposes for creating works of visual art
[K-4] Students understand there are different responses to specific artworks

Andy Warhol

Pop Art

Color/Value, Form

Mixed Media