Andy Warhol…meet the iPhone

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I love when I find a fun new app and I love it more when it’s an art app. This is a great new app from the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. Andy Warhol was known for his silkscreened pop art images. The app “the warhol: D.I.Y. POP” let’s you create your own digital silkscreen image just like Andy! 
Here is a video to introduce you to the app.


 The process is simple:
1.    Tap the “create” button and either take a photo or upload from the photo library on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
2.    After you choose and upload your picture, you are going to create a “film positive” which turns the photo into a black and white image.
3.    Then you’ll “expose” the picture by tapping a big light bulb in the middle of your screen.
4.    Next you choose your underpainting colors to brighten up the white “canvas”.  You can use one color or many colors by selecting your brush and selecting your colors. Start painting by swiping your finger across the screen.
5.    Select the color to paint thru the silkscreen onto the canvas.
6.    This is my favorite part…Pull the “squeegee” down across the screen and that’s it!


Here I am “Warholafied”  Your image automatically saves to your library. You can share your image to your facebook, twitter, or even email it. The app also has information about silkscreening today, a video with the curator of the museum, a video lesson on silkscreening and a photo show of all the tools needed for silkscreening. The app costs $1.99. The museums website is www.warhol.org 

Andy Warhol once said that, “In the future everybody will be world-famous for fifteen minutes.” Here is your chance to look like a famous Warhol painting!

What a fun way to introduce printmaking and Andy Warhol to your students this year!

How do you use apps in your classroom? 
What are your favorites?

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