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South Side Silkscreens at the Warhol

South Side Silk Screens at the Warhol

"Whenever I look at Schwartz' Market on East Carson Street, I think of the silk screen I made of the building and like the building even more."
—student quote

South Side Silkscreens at the Warhol

Everyday objects and places can be sources of artistic inspiration. Take world-famous “pop” artist Andy Warhol (1928-1987), for example, who used popular culture as the source for his art. Instead of producing just one piece of art, he used a silk-screen process to mass produce paintings of Campbell's soup cans and of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and other celebrities. His art reflected our popular culture and helped people see it in a new way. He also loved to collect things, save things, document things, and record life.

During a field trip to The Andy Warhol Museum, located in the historic North Side Frick & Lindsay building of 1913, South Side students learn about the Pittsburgh artist. As a child, Andy Warhol attended St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church on the South Side and sketched local landmarks. After talking about perception, observation, and seeing everyday places in creative ways, students create silk screens of a South Side landmark, using bold colors and patterns. To see the student artwork, go to Main Street Memories.

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