Art and Design KS2: Andy Warhol’s ‘Marilyn Diptych’

A statue comes to life in a magical gallery and climbs into the painting “Marilyn Diptych” by Andy Warhol.

Inside the painting she explores Warhol’s fascination with celebrity and the notion of celebrity as product.

We explore techniques Warhol used to create his works, and his placement within the artistic world at the time of the painting and beyond.

In a mixture of live action, animation and elements of the painting itself, the clip brings the painting to life and encourages viewers to question the nature of celebrity and prompts a discussion of what each of us would be famous for.

This clip is from the series Your Paintings.

Begin by looking at the works of Andy Warhol and other famous Pop Artists online. Use ICT software to trial printing and stamping before transferring to actual printing materials.

Share a selection of everyday packets, cans and containers to look at and discuss packaging designs.

The children could be offered simple printing equipment including blocks, stampers, printing foam and mono-prints to create repeated patterns or images on paper of copied designs, progressing onto their own when ready.

Encourage the children to experiment with colour schemes which aren’t necessarily true to the original subject, by allowing them to find complementary and contrasting colours and to apply them for specific effects, such as making the object stand out or look ridiculously unusual (eg a blue banana.)

This could be repeated with a variety of non-commercial items and re-printed many times over.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Art and Design at KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and at 2nd Level in Scotland.