Thursday, March 19, 2009

Some Warhol inspired kid activity templates

For a collage type activity: this 20-faces template could be printed on sheets of assorted colored construction papers, cut into its component portraits, and pasted on a sheet of cardboard to simulate the repeating subject Warhol prints. Crayons could be used to color each mini cartoon portrait.
Completely blank template for more advanced students that would rather choose and draw their own subjects rather than coloring the ready-made templates.
Designed a few custom coloring templates for 30-minutes kids' activities to follow a tour of the Andy Warhol Portfolios: Life & Legends exhibit at the von Liebig Art Center.
Dragon and Phoenix blank coloring template.
These blank "Sentai Ranger" templates could be used for trying out different color combinations and finding the out the more effective color palettes and background colors.
Cartoon template with some mixed characters of Eastern pop culture origin.
Coloring sample done with Copic Wide markers and some Faber Castell Pitt Artist brush pens. Both inks are nicely translucent allowing the printed outline to still show through under the bright swatches of color. The only downside is that the white card board tends to soak up the Copic ink using up the marker ink load a lot faster.
Blank template can be printed on regular copy paper, card board, and even Strathmore watercolor paper depending on the coloring materials planned for the post-tour activity.
Sample template colored digitally with Photoshop.
Sample colored first with washes of Faber Castell aquarelle sticks, allowed to dry, and then the underlying outline was highlighted with Caran D'Ache Neocolor I metallic crayons. For a finishing touch inspired by Warhol's use of "diamond dust" crystals on some of his screen prints, glitter glue and metallic gel pens could be used to enhance the final effect of the colored templates.

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