Book review: Uncle Andy’s by James Warhola
Uncle Andy’s has been written by Andy Warhol’s nephew! James Warhola has written and illustrated this wonderful story from his childhood. The beautifully illustrated book takes the reader on an exciting and entertaining journey through the eyes of James as a child, visiting his Uncle Andy and grandmother “Bubba” at their home/studio in the city of New York. The fabulous illustrations include references to some of Warhol’s most famous and valuable works. Seeing the artworks in the home surrounded by family, furniture and pets will really help young readers to appreciate Warhol’s works and relate them to their own lives. Children will have lots of fun spotting all of the 25 cats (all named Sam) in the illustrations.
The book refers to different kinds of artmaking. It obviously refers to Andy Warhol’s works like Campbell’s Soup Cans, 1962 but it also refers to making sculptures out of found objects from the junk yard as well as a reference at the end about how James Warhola was inspired to develop his own artmaking through art classes, a wonderfully messy bedroom/studio and the support of his parents. The final page shows the young boy, James, in his studio, deep in his creative thoughts and drawing a found object, with his mum proudly looking over his shoulder.
To extend the learning from this book it is well worth looking into the works and time period of Andy Warhol’s artworks.
- Talk about how he took ordinary objects and turned them into priceless works of art.
- Talk about how screen-printing was used for advertising but Warhol was innovative and used it as an exciting method to create art.
- Think about what popular, ordinary items of today would be considered new and exciting if you printed them as artworks.
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