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8 Lessons (48m)
    • 1. Welcome to Class!

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Choosing Colors

    • 4. Planning Your Painting

    • 5. Painting the Background

    • 6. Painting the Object

    • 7. Adding Details

    • 8. Project Ideas and More!

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Learn how to create a colorful pop art painting in the style of Andy Warhol using gouache or acrylic paints. This easy to learn painting style is perfect for beginners and can be adapted for an evening of family fun. Lessons include an introduction to the artist's color wheel, basic painting techniques, and ideas for ways to incorporate elements of Warhol's style into your own pop art inspired painting project. Students will also  have access to printable files for a basic color wheel and patterns that can be used for projects. 

The recommended materials include tube gouache paints (primary and secondary colors plus white are used in the demonstration), a flat acrylic brush, and smooth heavy weight paper, such as bristol board, mixed media paper, or poster board. Tube acrylic paints or good quality liquid tempera paint will also work well for this project. 

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Charmaine Boggs

artist, arts educator, jewelry designer



I'm Charmaine, artist and arts educator... living an art-full life fueled by Starbucks and beach dreams!

After retiring from a forty year career in education in 2017,  I realized that I was not ready for a life of leisurely luncheons and golf outings. I'm sure the fact that I've never even played golf might have something to do with that! 

When I'm not busy working on my painting and printmaking, I enjoy spending time in my flower gardens, walking the lovely trails in our nearby parks, and taking the photographs that provide the inspiration for my artwork and the jewelry designs that I sell as CBoggsArt and Thoroughly Modern Mimi on Etsy. 

When I plan a Skillshare class, my goal is to make art accessible for all ages an... See full profile

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1. Welcome to Class! : what famous artists comes to mind when you see pictures of soup cans? If the first person you thought of was American pop artist Andy Warhol, you are correct. Although Warhol painted, photographed and silkscreen many other subjects, it's a soup cans that come to mind first when most people hear his name. This class is a spin off of a class that I developed when I was teaching elementary and middle school art. It was a favorite of my students and a great way to teach color theory and some simple painting techniques. I'm sure May I'm, a retired art teacher and mixed media artist who has yet to meet an art material that I can't get along with. My preferred mediums are acrylics, wash and traditional watercolors, but I also enjoy printmaking photography and panic drawing, and I often combined two or more of these in a single art project. I even have some classes on my skill share channel that will help you learn to do the same . In this last, however, we're going to be sticking with painters class. You'll learn how to create a colorful pop art style painting using wash or acrylic paints. This easy to learn. Painting style is perfect for beginners and can also be adapted for an evening of family fun. The lessons include an introduction to the artists, color wheel, basic painting techniques and some ideas for ways to incorporate other elements of Andy Warhol's pop art style into your own projects. There are printable files included with the class those so that students can have their own copy of the color wheel notes and also four separate templates that will help you with getting started on your own project. You'll also find a link for a website. For you could view photographs of Warhol's work to get ideas for your own subject matter and your own color choices. You won't need a lot of supplies for this class, but there are a few. So join me in the next video and get the scoop on the supplies that you do need 2. Supplies : okay for supplies. Let's start by talking about face of tools you'll need. We'll be doing a little bit of drawing and planning, so you'll need a ruler. A standard 12 inch ruler is fine unless you're working with a very large piece of paper. Just plain old pencil. Whatever you have on hand, any racer for those pesky mistakes. Scissors to cut out your pattern and a pencil sharpener in case that pencil breaks while you're in the middle of working, you'll also need a couple brushes. And when it comes to brush is there are certain things that work better than others. I really like an angled acrylic brush because it allows you to get very close to the straight edges and pull your paint along very nicely on. I'm going to be using this 3/8 flat, angular acrylic brush, and this is a 1/4 inch or six millimeter angled brush. If you don't have an angled brush, any short bristled acrylic brush will work the hippie of the shorter, stiffer bristles and a squared off tip. This is the number eight flat, and this is the number six flat, so those would work really well as equally well What you want to stay away from our watercolor brushes. They have the soft, very brushy tips. They hold a lot more paint and a lot more liquid, much more difficult to control the edges of your painting and get that hard edged look that you want with this style of painting. So avoid watercolor brushes. Stick with di. Stiffer, flat tipped acrylic brushes are your tools for paints. You'll need primary colors and secondary colors and white. I'm using acrylic Wash. The company is Turner, and I really like the Turner products, and I don't get anything for talking about them. But it's a very thick wash with beautiful color saturation, and I'm using permanent red from I'm using Sky Blue. Although cobalt blue will work as well and lemon permanent lemon yellow, these are my primary colors that I'll be using my secondary colors those made from mixing these together. I'm using the violent I'm using permanent orange, and I'll be using permanent green light and again, any acrylic or glass colors that you have in a tube will work fine. You just want your three primaries red, blue and yellow and your three secondary screen orange and purple. We'll be using them straight out the to I'll also be using white because they're gonna be parts of my pattern that I want left white. So any type of acrylic paints or wash in the tube. Ah, poster paints will work, especially if they're a nice thick brand. Stay away from water colors because they will tend to be streaky and you won't get all that color you'll need. Of course, in paper, I'm going to be painting on Strathmore Bristol vellum paper, and what I like about this paper is that it's very thick. It's almost it almost feels like Post report. Very sick. It absorbs your paints well without wrinkling and bottling, and it has a very smooth surfaced. If you don't have this on hand, mixed media paper will work. It may buckle a little bit. You may have to flatten it after it's dry. You can also use the mat side or the non shiny surface of some poster board. You'll need some type of paper to make your pattern. I'm just using a piece of that fella that I was using for another purpose before, but you can use printer paper, whatever you have on hand to make your pattern. And then, of course, you'll just need some clean up and type supplies for your painting. So some water a paper towel, or I like to use old kitchen towels until they're totally shot and a place to put your paints. I use palette paper, which comes, Come on. I had, like, this has kind of most of waxed waxy surface. If you don't have palette paper, no worries. Just put some foil or some plastic wrap on a plate for use a disposable plate and you'll be just fine for that. So I think that takes care of supplies on. We should be ready to get started. Oops, not so fast, I forgot. The last thing that will be doing with this is doing some black outlining all around our basic shapes. I'm using this pigmented artists. It's a memory book markers, scrapbooking marker. It's, um, RV, and we'll be using the broad tip of the marker, which is the thicker point. So any thicker point you can use the thicker point sharpies or, um, Tom bows whatever you happen to have, and I'm going to be using black to do my outlining so almost forgot about this very important final piece. Some type of pigmented marker 3. Choosing Colors: before we actually get into the demonstrations for this lesson, don't talk a little bit about the color wheel and how I used it to create my choices for colors. You're certainly not required to do such a thing, but it is helpful to have a little bit of information in hand. When you do make your color choices in a color wheel this away artistically, that we show the relationship of basic colors to one another. This is a very simplified basic color wheel. It shows on Lee the three primary colors yellow, red and blue and the secondary colors orange, violet and green that are created by mixing those primary colors. So when we look at a color wheel, this tells us that if we mix yellow with red, we're going to get an orange. If we mix red with blue, we're going to get some type of violence. If we mix blue with yellow, we're going to get some type of green, so going on that basis, it can help us with color mixing. Of course, we can take it a step further, and we can mix yellow and green and make a line green. And so on green and blue makes some type of teal or turquoise lots of variations, but this is a simplified color wheel. Ah, color wheel also shows us warm colors and cool colors. Warm colors yellow, orange and red appear on one side of the color wheel and are cool colors. The green, the blue and the violet are on the other. And what I always used to tell my students when I was teaching in the elementary classroom is to remember that the warm colors remind us of fire. Flame the sun, things that make us feel warm and the cool colors remind us of grass and shade trees and the sky and the water and things that make us feel cooler. And that's just one way to keep those separate in your mind. Of course, there are variations once we start doing a lot of mixing. Also, the other thing that we talk about with the color wheel are complementary colors. These are the colors that are directly across from one another on the color wheel, and I'll be using that concept of complementary colors in my color choices. So red and green are compliments. Yellow and violet blue and orange and basically, if you're mixing your colors. What this tells you is that if you mix red with green, you're going to get some shade of brown or grey, depending on how much red and how much green, what kind of red and what kind of green. But they neutralize one another, and they're called the compliments. So basic color wheel and what I did for my project. I chose to use the three primary colors and the three secondary colors to create my project , that it was my paint choice. For this project. You only need to choose six different colors. They don't have to be primaries and secondaries. They could be whatever you like. When I actually do my painting, you'll see a slight difference on a traditional color wheel. It's kind of a middle type of green. I chose more of a yellow green for mine because I wanted a brighter, lighter look, and I also made a change in the blue. Instead of using the traditional primary cobalt kind of blue, I chose a brighter, lighter sky blue, and you can do the same with yours. I'm using a traditional red, but you could actually use a pink or a hot pink so you can use any colors you want for your painting. But that's what I'm doing, so you'll hear me talk about primary colors L. A. Red and blue secondary colors orange, green and violet and colors that are compliments of one another across from one another on the color wheel. I do have a printable version of this color wheel waiting for you in the downloadable for this lesson. I also have for you just in case you might want it. I have a pdf that you can also download and print that has the jar that I'm using for my project. The traditional Andy Warhol style soup can the doughnut that I used for one of my pictures that I showed and a Citrus fruit as well. So I have four things that can get you started, so you don't have to worry about drawing right from the beginning. These are sized for the size paper that I'm demonstrating on, so this is basically a four by 4.5 inch square, the rectangle that I'm working in, so to downloadable, available for you so that you could get started right along with me and I'll meet you in the first lesson 4. Planning Your Painting: One thing that might be very helpful because we're working with color patterns is to plan out what you want to do. So as you can see, here I go, I'm going to do a jar theme jelly jars, and I've got some practice ones that I did. And then I went over here to the side and I got my colors. My red could be strawberry jam Blue blueberry green meant orange, apricot, yellow, lemon Be whatever you wanted to be if you're doing something else. Obviously you have different color combinations. And then I divided my colors into an A and a b my a row. I brought them down red, yellow, blue, green, purple and orange. And then I have a B ro, and what I did is match each one up to its opposite on the color wheel. So red falls opposite green yellow opposite purple blue opposite orange and so on. And I want my color patterns matched up, so I haven't a and A B. And then when I dad is created a square the size of the actual squares on my Bristol board and did my final sketch, I wanted to be in the end and then I've planned my camp is going to be white with black lines and then color A something from color A is going to be here. My label is going to be white with black letters and my color be will and color be will go in my background So I've kind of planned it out and this helps you keep your place So it doesn't matter what order you want to put your colors, then you don't even have to be using the same six colors that I'm using. You can use any six colors that you want in any combination that you want, but if you haven't planned out ahead of time, it helps you keep your place and avoid making mistakes with what you're doing. So that's kind of planning that went into this to get started. I need to first mark off my paper and I'm using nine by 12 inch paper. So this one is relatively easy to mark off my nine inch. So half of nine is 4.5. So I'm going to make a little notch at 4.5 and go down here and make another little, natch. At 4.5 lay my ruler down to connect the little Devine's and go on my line. That was so. Now I have half and half. Now I'm going to need three boxes going across. This part's really easy because 12 divides beautifully pie three. So I'm going to mark off it for and it ate. And then I'm going to go down to the bottom, can also mark for and eight and connect those marks. And of course, if my marks are accurate or at least recently accurate, I have six equal rectangles. If I'm doing something tall, which is what I'm doing here with the jars, I'm going to work with my paper. This way. Three on top three on the bottom. If you're working with something that is wider than this tall, like thes doughnuts here you could turn your paper the other way so that you're working in three rows of two doesn't really make any difference. So I'm ready for my pattern. Okay. To make your pattern, you want a square the same size as the squares that you're going to be pain again. In this case there, four inches by 4.5 inches. So I'm going to mark off 4.5 inches here and four inches here and then go across like, so down. Thanks. And now I have a square can I would be working with taller than it is wide for my shape, and I'm going to snatch my village are into this space. So I'm going to start with the lead, which is kind of starts with an oval because we're seeing just part of the top from this angle and then the side of the lead, and it curves and that gives it its dimensional shape. And then I'm going to bring the jelly jar out from there around my edges and come around a little bit here to give it again that roundness, and then you can. It's a little bit too rounded out here, something to come a little spooked. My original one came a little straighter down the side there, and then I'm going to put off my my label, and you don't have to erase every line because it's not going to be all that necessary. And once you have that pattern, so your pattern, the up so and you're also going to want to cut out this shape in the center because we're going to trace that into the center of everyone of our little jars. So we're going to cut that out as well. I don't need to do anything with this because that will be easy to draw in. But this I wanna have exactly the same on each one of them. Once the shape is cut out, you're going to put it kind of to the center or wherever you want it to be within your squares. I like just center them and you're going to trace around your shape. So and this I can just draw in. I could just draw this line here, just kind of round it down on here. So I'm just going to draw those in, and then I'm gonna put the next one in the same position, do the same thing. He's surrounded because I want a specific shape in the middle. I'm going to take us around that, and then I'm going to create the cap just by drawing it in myself. So do that on all six on. Meet me on the next lesson and we'll start to paint 5. Painting the Background: okay, I have my patterns all in place. The next step is to decide background colors because with this project, do your background colors. First, it makes everything else go so much easier and you're going to use each color once. So I have my primaries My red, blue and yellow and my secondaries orange, green and Violet. And I have to decide where I want them to go. So I might say, OK, I'm going to put a red one here. I'm going to put yellow here. I'm going to put blue here, and I'm gonna play around with this in a different way. I know that red and blue make Violet. So put Violet there yellow and blue make green. So I'll put green there and red and yellow make orange. So I put orange there. No particular reason I could have done any of a number of other things, but I'm going to do that then, to keep my place on this, I'm going to very lightly in the jar. I'm going to put in our for red a V for violet, A B for blue and O for orange. Doing this lightly because I will erase it later a y for yellow energy for green. So now I have little markings so that I can keep my place with my colors and not get confused Ready to paint? I have my palate paper, and I'm going to start with yellow. I always recommend starting with your lightest color, because that way you get those down. First, get them dry and gradually work to your darker colors. It also helps in case your brushes and quite perfectly clean, because going to a darker color will have cost less of a problem than if you were starting with a dark color, didn't clean it out very well and then tried to do a light color. You'll get more color bleed and I'm gonna try this. I think I'm going to go with a smaller brush because I do have some little corners and edges. I need to get into someone, use my small angle brush, and I'm going to be using dry brush paint straight out of the two. So I'm going to just squirt some yellow on here. Not like that. Don't need a lot about a dime. Size it of it. I'm going to move it out of the way so you can see my painting. This is my yellow. Here is the one I wanted to yellow time to pick up some pain and I'm going to very carefully just go all the way around my image right up against the lines. Turn your paper as you go. You want to try to stay right up against those lines, pull your paint. You can flip your brush over paying off the back. What I like about thes Turner of F Krilic Wash paint's is that they drive very, very quickly. That's both advantage and disadvantage the advantages. You can move on to a new color very quickly. The disadvantage is that you don't want toe put too much on your palate because it'll end up being too dry to work with before you use it up. But beautiful coverage. So I'm just gonna go through and take my time. Get bread up against these lines. So if you go read up against the lines first, then it's really easy to fill in the rest with by flipping your brush back and forth, and you're going to find that thes paints dry beautifully. They also do not, they don't streak. They're very easy to work with now Here, when I'm turning the paper this way, I've got to be a little more careful with where my hand is. As I go up this hedge, it's me that help. If your coverage is a little streaky, what you do is you let that paint dry completely, and then when it's dried completely, put a second coda. But if you usually if you're using acrylics or an acrylic based wash, you're going to find one coat covers quite well. The only color I have found does not cover quite as well is the violet in this particular set of colors. Not sure why, but I always use two coats with my and there we have it, my first background. Now I want to let that dry before I move on, because my next color is going to be orange, which is the next color as I'm going darker. It's right next to that yellow, so I want to make sure that this is nice and dry before I come up against it with my orange . It only took a few minutes, and now my yellow paint is very dry. What you want to do is make sure that your brush is very clean and not only very clean, but also very dry because you don't want to dilute your paint in any way that will cause streaking nice dry brush and my orange paint, and I'm ready to follow the same procedure. I'm going to go around the container with my orange last color that I'm doing, although it's not the darkest it was in the middle. Here is my violin and you can see it. Just there's it's just a little harder to get good coverage with the violent. So I'm going to put a first coat on, let it dry and put a second coat of paint on it to smooth it out. Because the violent I don't know what it is about the violet it just doesn't go on is smoothly. Ask the other colors do, and you wanna be careful, these air very dry. This blue is still a little wet, so I'm going toe. Avoid working anywhere near that blue. Well, it's still, but I can see what spots. I don't want to get my hand in those wet spots and cause any smearing that would be hard to fix. This is going to need to dry. It's a little streaky. It's just something about that violet. So I'm going to let that dry clean my brush really good. Give it a second coat and then we'll meet up in the next lesson, and I'll share with you some tips and tricks for getting your objects in the middle looking good. 6. Painting the Object: there they are made backgrounds air in place and I'm going to follow the color wheel. I'm going to use the complementary colors, which are the colors that are directly across one another on the color wheel. Like so. So I'm going. Teoh, use green for my jar here because green is the complement of red. I'm going to use yellow here because yellow is the complement of violent orange complement of blue read complement of green, violent complement of yellow and blue complement of orange. And, of course, like everything else, that's an entirely personal choice. You can do it any way you want going to switch over to a very small flat brush because I don't have a smaller angled brush. In order to do this and what I'm going to do next, I'm going to paint the jars themselves. The last thing that all paint is the white, which will be the lids and the labels. And I'll do that last because I can use the white to do any touching up that I might need to dio that isn't working so well. So again, following my lighter to darker I'm going Teoh do yellow here Hilsum Giller paint on my palettes. It's a lof site right now, and I'm going to go in and I'm going to paint around the label. Think so. Here's where I need to be extra careful because I don't have a lot of room in there. So I'm going to kind of work my brush sideways. So I'm going along that narrow edge of my brush very tight. Great here, the way that label on there. So go in very carefully around the bottom of the lid, and I'm ready to just fill in, go up against the edges and fill in, and I want to be really careful not to pull any purple paint pilot. Technically, it's violet. I always purple, same thing. We all know what it means. It's a little hard sometimes to see where your yellow iss I'm a white. My light is using a little glare. Great. And it doesn't matter if you're not real perfect on your edges, because that final step we're going to use the black marker to add the black outlines, and that will cover up any irregularities along your edges. The main thing right now is to get your paint honey there's my yellow. I'm gonna clean my brush. Really good again. Dry, clean brush. And I'm going to continue and do each of the other containers, General. Okay, here they are already for lids and labels. This is where your white paint that's going to become important. We're going to paint white paint over the limits on the labels. You want to make sure your brush is super clean and very dry. So I'd like to before I go to work on their, like to test it, put a little white on my brush and just wish it back and forth. You can see I still have some purple. I don't see a lot of it, so that tells me my brush is a little more cleaning, and now I have a clean, nice, clean white just going to go in and add white. And the reason for the white You know, you might be thinking, Well, why not just leave the paper, However, when you're painting, unlike with water colors where it's traditional toe, leave the paper for your rights. When you're painting with acrylics or wash, you really need to maintain your texture and the best way to do that to keep the matte finish on the painted texture is to use white paint. It also has, you know, tighten up your edges. If you have some edges very little bit off and again, don't worry too much about that, because we're going to go around all your edges later with the black marker and you'll be able to see the line here through your pain because there is a little translucency your white pain has. That translucent look acts in your favour for this? No, we're just gonna go through paint, every label and every lib. - And like with my other steps, I'm going to finish up all my whites and then I'll see you in the next video to talk about adding details and finishing touches. 7. Adding Details: time for the last step. A little bit of outlining. I'm using my thicker tip to outline key outer edges, and you can see that this does a really nice job, uh, straightening out any rough edges where your pain might have been a little bit off, miss. That's but I can touch that up with the little green paint later. I would rather do that. Get in that line. And then I'm going to use the thinner end of my marker to add a little bit of pattern, my Charlet. And to add my words, if you're concerned about keeping, you're writing straight. You could do very light pencil lines. He based them later, jelly. I was using within one, and I just realized that. So I'm going to go back over that with thicker one. I want my outer lines lines around my label and the top of my jar todo that thicker. It's a very slight difference. So if you don't have to different Penn points, no worries. It really isn't that big a deal I'm gonna try to do These was much the same as I can, and my yellow, I decided, was going to be Flemmons don't know if there really is lemon Geli anywhere, but I'm making some. No, I'm here right now and that's it. This particular very variation has six rectangles. You could make a square and do four. You could do nine. You could do any set of multiples that you want in the next video. I'll share some ideas for ways that you can customize this project and make it your own. 8. Project Ideas and More!: Andy Warhol is most known for his paintings of soup cans and his brightly colored silkscreen images of common objects and the famous people of his era, such as Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley. Warhol's use of vibrant colors and common objects has influenced art making for over 50 years. What's not to love When it comes to bright colors? Use the templates and the color wheel provided with this lesson, or change it up with your own subject matter and your own color choices. Either way, making pop art like this can be a whole lot of fun, not just for you, but even with the whole family. Kids love this style of work. This sample project uses only four bright, vibrant colors, Foursquare's and the Citrus fruit template. If you're using the Citrus fruit template, be sure to cut out the center of the little pieces and then plan on drawing your seeds in later on. And this Warhol print inspired a set of magnets on two by two inch square canvas panels. Super simple to make and also you quite useful. Whether you decide to work large or small, a single image or multiples use the color wheel or go off on your own with your favorite colors. I know you're going to create some amazing pop art, and I can't wait to see it on a class project page. I hope you had this much fun with your pop art painting, as I did with mine. And if you did, don't be shy. Share your project and leave a comment or a review. Your input is a valuable resource for other students and helps me continue to plan and improve my Scotia glasses. Be sure to check out my skill share channel, where I share painting, printmaking and mixed media art classes. And do click the follow button. I'm planning a separate class for painting minis and magnets. You'll get an email as soon as that class is ready. Of course, there's social media you can follow. See Boggs art on Social Media. You'll find me most often on Instagram. I have a YouTube channel where I post introductions to my sculpture classes so you can get a little taste of what I offer and also some free tutorials that are great for families as well as adults. You'll find me on Pinterest where I post links to a lot of the other things that I'm involved in. And then, of course, occasionally I'm on Facebook and rather rarely on Twitter. So I do hope to see you somewhere out there on social media as well as here on skill share . For now, get those paints out and have some fun.