August 26th, 2005
Andy Warhol
Lesson Overview

The AMERICAN MASTERS presentation, Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film, concludes with the assertion that Pablo Picasso dominated the first half of the 20th century and Andy Warhol dominated the last half. Each artist redefined the meaning of art, the parameters of art, the proper subjects of art, the relationship between art and the viewer, and the role of the artist in the act of creation. Through these activities students will explore various definitions about what constitutes art and how other periods in art history may have framed these definitions, develop their own ideas of what constitutes art, and use representative works of art to support their own definitions of art.

Grade Level:


  • one class period for Introductory Activity
  • two class periods for research and presentations
  • one class period for “art show”
  • two homework assignments

Subject Matter:
Art, Art History

Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to do the following:

  • read and understand a list of criteria
  • formulate opinions
  • explore their own tastes and preferences
  • gather information from a variety of sources
  • present information based on research
  • compare and contrast art of many periods

National Standards:

MCREL VISUAL ARTS, Level 4, Standard 1
Understands and applies media, techniques, and processes related to the visual arts.

MCREL VISUAL ARTS, Level 4, Standard 2
Knows how to use structures (e.g., sensory qualities, organizational principles, expressive features) and functions of art.

MCREL VISUAL ARTS, Level 4, Standard 3
Knows a range of subject matter, symbols, and potential ideas in the visual arts.

MCREL VISUAL ARTS, Level 4, Standard 4
Understands the visual arts in relation to history and cultures.

MCREL VISUAL ARTS, Level 4, Standard 5
Understands the characteristics and merits of one’s own artwork and the artwork of others.

Organizers for Students
Print out and make copies of these organizers for your students:

  • rachel vieira

    Will someone tell me how to get the Andy Warhol documentary? I want to use it in my high school art class.

  • Dianne Lynn

    I purchased it thru PBS catalog, maybe online too?


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