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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Pop-Art Cow

Created on May 02, 2013 by RVArtist

In 1966, Andy Warhol experimented with new bright colors called Fluorescent. This lesson plan is designed for Elementary students and focuses on Warhol's "Cow Wallpaper". Students use fluorescent tempera paints to paint their cow and they look stunning when all together.

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4 sessions; 30 minutes per session

1. SWBAT define fluorescent
2. SWBAT identify background from foreground
3. SWBAT identify and use pattern.
4. SWBAT describe the meanings and feelings evoked by works of art.

1. 12x 18 white paper
2. 2 different florescent tempera paints that contrast (I used pink and yellow)
3. brushes
4. pencils
5. erasers
6. black oil pastels

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Day 1:
Introduce Andy Warhol using images and powerpoint
1. Step by Step show how to draw cow while students follow along
2. name and art code on the back of paper

Day 2:
1. put on smocks and demonstrate how to paint the back ground
2. Use Yellow florescent paint and smaller brushes to paint the background of the cow
3. If time allows paint in the cows body (everything except for the spots and eyes) pink. If there is not enough time do it next week.

Day 3.
1. outline the body of the cow with a black oil pastel and color in the spots.

Check to see that student was able to distinguish between background, foreground, and cow print patter.

Was the student able to clean up themselves and their table properly?

Did student show neat craftsmanship in their project?


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

Artists in Their Time: Andy Warhol

** The How to Draw a Cow template is not mine! I got it from Kathy Barbro's Art Projects for Kids...

An excerpt from a kids resource I got at the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA :

"Where do you see cows? On milk products? Driving through the country? Or in old paintings? The tradition of putting cows in landscape paintings in the 1800s was to makes the viewer think of calm settings. In contrast, Warhol chose hot pinks, yellows and blues, vibrant and shocking colors for his "cows". In the 1960's fluorescent colors were not yet available to the public and Warhol's wallpaper was really surprising. Even the Crayola Crayon Company did not introduce their fluorescent base colors and crayons until 1972. "


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

[K-4] Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner
[K-4] Students describe how different materials, techniques, and processes cause different responses

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[K-4] Students describe how different expressive features and organizational principles cause different responses

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
[K-4] Students demonstrate how history, culture, and the visual arts can influence each other in making and studying works of art

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 different responses to specific artworks
[K-4] Students describe how people's experiences influence the development of specific artworks

Andy Warhol

Pop Art

Contrast, Rhythm/Pattern, Unity/Harmony

Drawing, Painting


  • MrsImpey 05/07/2013 at 06:14am
    Love this! I just did a similar kind of pattern cow project, but I LOVE the bright colors!

  • mtnbrooke7 05/27/2013 at 05:43am
    I love the cows! Great idea!

  • lhARTz 05/28/2013 at 12:44pm
    How fabulous! I Love fluorescent! And I have a lot of farm kids so they'll love the cows!