This year, the Municipality of Pesaro commissioned our school to carry out a project for Christmas: the decoration of the town centre! The graphic design section was inspired by a school trip they took in October when they visited the Andy Warhol exhibition in Riccione. The show was important for our class because we could see Warhol’s technique and we could use it for our Christmas project. Andy Warhol was a revolutionary artist who invented Pop Art, a movement that started in the 1960s inspired by popular culture. It was a visual art movement that was characterized by a sense of optimism during the post war consumer boom. Pop art coincided with the globalization of pop music and youth culture personified by Elvis and The Beatles. Pop Art included different styles of painting and sculpture from various countries, but what they all had in common was an interest in mass-media, mass production and mass culture.
Together with our Graphic Design teacher, Mrs Galeazzi, we decided to create portraits of famous cartoon characters, actors and tv stars from the past and the present. For each one we researched a Christmas quote, something they had said about this festivity. Then we downloaded photographs of the chosen subjects and we elaborated them graphically by using different colour combinations in the Andy Warhol style.
Finally we chose our favourite ones and we inscribed them into big circles with a 1 meter diameter. They are now hanging around the town centre as you can see from the photographs below.
Martina Bagnoli and Giulia Belia – class 3C