Aug 17, 2010

Campbell's Soup Cans

Inspiration:  'Campbell's Soup Cans' , 1962 by Andy Warhol (1928 -1987).

After discussing Pop Art and Andy Warhol, I had each student in my grade 5/6 class make a life-size drawing of a can of Campbell's soup. When their drawings are grouped together I find this a really useful marking tool for grading students on their use of line, shape and space. I have done this same activity in the past with Coca-Cola cans.


  1. Hi Anne,
    I have just spent ages looking through all your art lessons - I am so impressed with your ideas and your students results! I am currently teaching K-10 art in a small Christian school in central NSW and am just finishing Pop Art with my Year 8s. I love the soup tin drawings, and will file it away for next time. I also LOVE the clay cupcakes and will hopefully do that next year with our middle school. Thanks for taking the time to post up your lessons - they are fantastic!

  2. Thanks so much for commenting Amanda - glad to have helped you out with some ideas :)

  3. It's a charming idea, but totally ruins the intended meaning behind the mass produced soup cans. These are highly personalized, Warhol's point was mass-production and objectivity.

    1. This is true, Anonymous. I guess I was thinking of it as encouraging the kids to question what art is and to see a mundane mass-produced object as a potential artwork the way Warhol did.

      In displaying them this way I was trying to show them the impact of the repetition of these types of objects, however, this does backfire when each drawing is so individually interesting when viewed up close! I suppose I could make this a topic for discussion with them?

  4. Great looking urban art. I am so glad to get a peek at it!


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