Create your own Andy Warhol inspired Pop Art Portrait in this iPad #QuickLesson

👋 Introduction:

For this Quick iPad Lesson we'll learn how to use Keynote to trace over a selfie and then we'll use some clever techniques to transform this pencil drawing into a vivid and vibrant Pop Art Self Portrait, inspired by artists such as Andy Warhol. 

🎥 Structure:

This tutorial is easy to follow and is guaranteed to create some fun (and colourful!) outcomes by the end. There are five places to pause the video and work along at your own pace.

Feel free to explore the tutorial yourself and then deliver the lesson to your class, or if you'd rather than it works just as well with your and your class following along with me together.

🎨 Example Outcome:


A multi-coloured Pop Art self portrait of myself, drawn using Keynote on the iPad
An example Pop Art Self Portrait

📗 Curriculum Links:

This QuickLesson sits ideally in a unit of learning about Andy Warhol, Pop Art or Digital Art. There is also a nice element of 'Self' which could be used as an Identity based lesson or a Reflection activity.

⏰ Timings:

I'd suggest allowing an hour to complete this tutorial. Younger learners may find it takes slightly longer, but the level of detail can be adapted to their skill-set. If any learners wish they can create a 3x2 grid or a 3x3 grid to include more colourful of their portraits.

✏️ Resources:

You will need an iPad and ideally a drawing tool of some kind - i.e. a Logitech Crayon or an Apple Pencil. We use the Keynote app and the Camera to grab a quick selfie at the beginning.

So grab an iPad (or maybe get your class to grab their iPads) - and let's get started! 

Have fun with this tutorial and (if you're able to!) please feel free to share your own self portraits in the comments. I can't wait to see what you create!

All Replies

Posted on August 27, 2022

Jacob, thanks for sharing! What a fun way to use the drawing tools in Keynote to showcase a personalized piece of art. It’s a great way to familiarize yourself with the drawing basics while doing some more advanced layering. Great stuff!

Posted on August 27, 2022

Thanks for the feedback Dan. I really enjoy doing this activity with my classes as it's easily achievable in a lesson and shows the children a variety of techniques they can then apply to further projects. It gets the creative juices flowing - especially when one of them discovers the Line Draw animation tool and a ripple of excitement spreads through the room!

Posted on August 28, 2022

I love this one so much, Jacob!

Such a creative, cool idea, with so many skills embedded in it! 🙌 🌟

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