CHAMPION - Art students at Champion High School have been learning of the unique styles of famous artist Andy Warhol and recently had the opportunity to see his works at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.
Art teacher Laura Acierno said this was a return visit for some of the students who went to the museum once before as part of a field trip.
"Thirty students took part in the trip. It was made possible by a grant from the Warhol Education Department," she said.
Champion High School art students Jack Ridge and Krista Davis look over photographs and some of the artwork of Andy Warhol at the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. The art students traveled to the museum recently.
Photos special to the Tribune Chronicle / Laura Acierno
Acierno worked directly with education curator Nicole Dezelone to create a visit to include a museum tour and a three-hour hands-on workshop.
The tour included a gallery talk by Donald Warhola, the youngest nephew of Andy Warhol. Warhola told the students how his uncle changed the spelling of his last name.
Acierno said that in the workshop, students learned about print-making and silk-screening, which is a form of art made popular by Warhol.
"While working in the studio, students met a few high school interns from Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School. The interns shared a project in which they created a time capsule of artwork to be shared with a school in China," she said.
All of the students were able to bring back the artwork they created at The Warhol and it is now on display outside of the art room.
Jack Ridge, a senior, said this was the first time he has been to the museum.
"I enjoy seeing the many different styles of his work. His work is really a unique abstract and pop art style," Ridge said.
He said in class the students have done Warhol-inspired art projects.
Alexis Wolbert, a sophomore, said this was her second time to the museum.
"It is very interactive. The tour guide asks for your opinion and insight on Warhol's works," she said.
Also, students were impressed with the time capsules which were opened and showcased Warhol items such as photos, paper artwork and a mummified foot
Wolbert said she enjoyed the hands on activities in the museum's print shop.
Acierno said the grants help to make such trips possible.