Mark Finlayson
Leader Of Creative Arts

If Andy Warhol had used Photoshop....

Lesson Plan Published 3/4/14 Last updated on 2/28/20

An exercise using the idea of multiple copies of the same image treated different ways, like his Nine Marilyns from 1964-67. I use this task to expose students to the range of options available in the Filter Menu. Another key skill is using the fixed Ratio option in the Rectangular Marque tool, and the use of non printing guides to set up a blank page. Students will also duplicate layers in this task and use the arrow keys to nudge images one pixel at a time. I use this task with my Year 9 Photography class, but is would be suitable for a wide range of age groups, in Photographic and digital Media or Visual Arts. Thanks must go to Craig Malyon who presented this idea in a conference workshop.

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ISTE Standards
Students: Innovative Designer

Photoshop and a self portrait photo

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Shafiq Rehman

Posted on 9/5/19 12:21:20 AM Permalink

Thanks for sharing​

Catherine Zhai

Posted on 6/20/19 7:28:40 AM Permalink

​Great, thanks for sharing!

William Cortez

Posted on 5/25/19 3:47:53 PM Permalink

I like the idea. It's a good way of mastering the options in Filter menu as well as the Rectangular Marque tool.​

Christof Schnell

Posted on 5/16/19 2:52:59 PM Permalink

Thank you for sharing.

Have a great day.

Manuela Taboada

Posted on 10/5/18 2:23:38 PM Permalink

​Great resource! Will try it with my Photoshop 101 students. It's a great way to showcase filters and some basic colour manipulation techniques. Thanks for sharing!

Judy Durkin

Posted on 9/24/18 5:53:16 PM Permalink

I LOVE this idea and will use it. Thank you.​

Katlin Seagraves

Posted on 10/25/17 12:23:59 PM Permalink

​I used this project for a Photoshop 101 class and it went really well! Everyone enjoyed playing around with filters, color correction, and blending. It also brought up a lot of questions about layering - which is something I had trouble with when I first started using Photoshop.

Definitely give this project a shot sometime!

Robin Ellis

Posted on 11/7/15 3:46:10 AM Permalink

This is a great icebreaker project for all ages to get their feet wet in illustrator and become comfortable with the computers.

Bethany Dutton

Posted on 8/16/15 11:58:29 AM Permalink

Absolutely fantastic would love to use this

Judy Durkin

Posted on 9/27/14 11:17:23 AM Permalink

Absolutely brilliant! Thank You! I am going to use it for my 7th and 8th graders and put it in my syllabus

Donna Dolan

Posted on 9/10/14 11:36:49 PM Permalink

I've done something like this with my high school design students before, but I think this tutorial is simpler to fallow. Thanks for emending me about this project. It's always fun to work....

Jason Lane

Posted on 5/6/14 10:18:10 PM Permalink

Great resource (and idea), thanks for sharing. It's great to draw links to Art history when teaching digital art. We do something similar with Surrealism... "what would have happened if Magritte had Photoshop?"

Rachel Guthrie

Posted on 5/6/14 10:01:29 PM Permalink

This is a great tutorial, I plan to utilize the idea for a similar lesson! The changes I will make may make it closer to Andy Warhol's art (perhaps the link that didn't work shows all that).

Mark Finlayson

Posted on 5/7/14 12:23:07 PM Permalink

Yes the link to the Pop Art tutorial, which should still work as it's shared on the Education Exchange, gives you an option of creating an image that looks more like a Warhol.

Mark Finlayson

Posted on 5/1/14 9:30:53 AM Permalink

It's a great way to introduce filters

James Buchholz

Posted on 3/6/14 7:04:14 PM Permalink