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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Andy Warhol Soup Cans

Created on May 18, 2013 by Kbar313

Students will learn and discuss the pop art movement and artist Andy Warhol. A discussion will be lead by they question 
"What is art?” They will learn how to create a Campbell's' soup can using 3-dimensional shape. Students will review cursive handwriting and invent a unique flavor of soup. The background will be comprised of symbols that represent the flavor of their soup. Students typically learn how to write cursive in the 3rd grade and this lesson will take place after they have done so in their classrooms.

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5 sessions; 45 minutes per session

Students will:
1. Discuss the pop art movement and artist Andy Warhol
2. Create a 3 dimensional cylinder shape (can)
3. Invent an unique flavor of soup
4. 0rganize the background, filling the space using symbols that represent the soup flavor
5. Use paint (and other materials) appropriately and effectively
6. Create balance in their work

1. Andy Warhol Prints or Images online or powerpoint presentation
2. Student Examples/Teacher Examples
3. Sketchbooks (scrap paper)
4. Large Heavy Duty paper or watercolor paper (size of your choice)
5. Pencils/Erasers
6. Watercolor paints (can be done in other paint medium)
7. Variety of Paintbrushes
8. A can (or an actual Campbell's soup can)
Sharpie markers

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1. Day One:
-Introduction to Pop Art movement and Andy Warhol. Discuss media and commercialism and Andy Warhol's artwork.
-In sketchbooks, begin to brainstorm ideas for an unique Campbell's soup flavor-what symbol would represent the flavor. Discuss out loud some of their interesting ideas.
Day 2:
-Students will look at shapes and notice the difference between
2 dimensional and 3 dimensional shapes. What is the shape of a can called?
-Show students a can and demonstrate and discuss how to create a 3 Dimensional cylinder.
-Review cursive writing
-Students will practice (in their sketchbook/scrap paper) and then begin to create a campbell's soup can using the flavor they choose on durable paper (lightly in pencil).
-What is a symbol?
-Students will draw a symbol that represents their soup flavor and fill the background space creating a balanced composition.
-Students will then outline their drawing and words with a sharpie marker.
Day 4:
-Review and Demonstrate how to use paint materials properly. -Students will begin with the background and then work on painting the can. (In my examples, I used tempera paint for the background and watercolor for the can).

Day 5:
-Have students critique their work in progress. What do they notice as they look at their work from far away? What could they work on?
-Continue to finish their composition.
Day 6:
-Finish if necessary.
-Students will reflect on their work and look at the Objectives (“I can” statements) on the board to make sure they met all the criteria for the project.
-Student's complete the “self reflection” sheet.
-Students can create an unique mass media object from current popular culture.
-Students can work on the computer and investigate Andy Warhol on the interactive site listed.

Teacher will monitor students as they work to check for understanding. Review rough drafts completed in the sketchbooks. Listen to students as they participate in classroom discussions. Check “SELF CRITIQUE” hand out. This applies to my schools' report card format.
**See Attached Self Critique**

Some prior experience with painting is helpful (Watercolor or tempera). Ive done the lesson with both mediums and feel watercolor is more forgiving. In my examples, I had students use tempera for the background and watercolor for the can.
I like to also talk to students about how Warhol did his work-printmaking.
Ive also considered changing the object from Campbell's soup can to something from current times (although kids still eat Campbell's so it works).


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

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[K-4] Students know the differences among visual characteristics and purposes of art in order to convey 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 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

Andy Warhol

Pop Art

Space, Shape, Color/Value

Watercolor, Pencil, Painting, Drawing

English/Language Arts

  • MrsImpey 05/28/2013 at 12:33am
    Love these!

  • lhARTz 05/28/2013 at 12:51pm
    I love soup cans! Target had fun Warhol soup cans last year. I bought two of each color to use as visuals for the students and to put in the display case with the paintings.