Middle School celebrated Black History Month by researching an influential figure and then creating an Andy Warhol-inspired pop art piece. Alex Shennum, GSA’s K-8 art facilitator came up with the project because “Everyone is drawn to pop art. The subjects portrayed in the art stand out, prompting people to reconsider them with
Students chose people who influenced history in a positive way. They then had to present their choice to the class and explain what they learned from their historical figure.
Artistically, students learned what it means to create an iconic image. They had to decide what elements were essential to represent the impact of their historical figure. This project also challenged the 6th-8th graders to refine their watercolor technique. Reducing the visibility of their brushstrokes helped them to better emulate Warhol’s pop art style.
There are over thirty of these amazing piece of Black History appreciation. Please come check them out in the Muir building outside the art studio!