Andy Warhol often used celebrities and prominent figures in his work. Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, and Elvis Presley made an appearance, just to name a few. To those who viewed his work, pop art brought a different aspect to these high-profile celebrities. But, not every celebrity receives the same recognition when it comes to depicting them in art. In this Facebook Live artmaking workshop, we will create icon portraits, focusing on icons we know, but may not have seen as art. What will Pittsburgh pianist Mary Lou Williams, jazz singer Billie Holiday, and Kentucky’s own Muhammad Ali look like in pop art style? Join us to find out!
You Will Need:
- 1 sheet acetate paper (or: a laminating sheet, plexiglass, or glass from a picture frame.
- 1 or 2 printed photocopied portraits of a celebrity icon, past or present (be sure this image captures key features of the celebrity’s face.)
- A black sharpie
- Metallic or foil paper
- Paper with varied designs (I.e. floral patterns)
- Tissue paper
- Colored paper
- Metallic markers, permanent markers, paint, or paint markers
(An optional step to this activity is to print the black and white celebrity image directly onto the acetate sheet. We will try this activity both printed and by tracing the image with sharpie.)