Pop Art Self-Portrait Warhol Printmaking Lesson

PopArt Self Portrait Print Collage

MS Art PopArt Self Portrait Print Collage

Pop Art Self-Portrait Warhol Printmaking Lesson

Pop Art was a major art movement in art history. With the pop art movement, everyday items became art masterpieces…Campbell’s cans of Tomato Soup, giant food sculptures, painting made like a comic strip!


  • Students will identify characteristics of the pop art movement.
  • They will name the four major artists of the pop art movement
  • They will create a series of four self portrait linoleum block prints that imitates the look of photo silk screen printmaking.

Supplies: 4×6″ Linoleum blocks-Soft Kut Rubber Print Blocks – 4 x 6 , printmaking inks & cutting tools, 80lb. white paper & construction paper (various colors), 4×6″ student photos rendered in black & white (done in Word or & printed, 12×18″ tag board, glue sticks


  1. Lead students in a discussion about Pop Art characteristics & Pop Art major artists. Provide visual examples of artwork from this movement.
    • Pop art is an art movement that started in the mid-1950s in Britain and emerged in the late-1950s in the United States.
    • Pop art portrayed images of popular mass culture, such as advertising, comic books, & mundane cultural objects.
    • Subject Matters included:
      • Soda bottles,
      • Soup cans,
      • Giant hamburgers,
      • Super market products,
      • Celebrities,
      • Comic strips
    • Major Pop Art Artists: Roy Lichtenstein (Ben-Day Dots) & Andy Warhol (photo silkscreen), James Rosenquist, and Claes Oldenburg


  1. Preparing the printing plate:
    1. Print photo copies of each student-exact size of linoleum plate.
    2. Transfer students images to the linoleum by rubbing charcoal all over the back of the photo then tape it to the linoleum block. The image is transferred by tracing all of the outlines with a pencil. Take photo off & retrace all lines with a Sharpie (this will not show in printing).
    3. After a lesson on proper cutting & safety with the linoleum tools, have students begin to cut their plates. Make sure cuts are deep enough or the grooves will fill in with ink.
  2. Prepare the paper: A simple way to achieve Warhol’s multi-color photo screen printing look is to paint various blocks of color on white & colored sheets of paper. We prepared 6-8 sheets so there would be extra in case of miss prints.
  3. Printing: print various colored ink onto at least 6 different sheets of paper.
  4. Choose the best 4 prints & collage them right next to each other on the 12×18” tagboard. Use stick glue to adhere the prints to the board.

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This lesson was created by Michelle C East ©. If you choose to re-blog or use this lesson in any way (written or photos), then please make sure to link/credit to Create Art with ME.

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