Introduction to Art: Warhol and the Queen

Moving on from the last Introducing Art session, I thought that it would be good to do a project that would coincide with the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations this year, and in my cruising around Pinterest, this work by Hockney seemed to fascinate both of The Girls. So I spent some time one evening working out how we could recreate it.

”]Queen Elizabeth II, WarholIt may seem to an outsider that I have rather abandoned my children to focus on this project by myself. Indeed on most sites joining in on the Kids Get Arty these projects clearly have very strong child involvement. What I would like to point out at this juncture is that my child finds delight in replicating things as closely as possible. She does not like to deviate from originals in any way, whether it is song lyrics, book text or art. So if it shouldseem that we have been replicating rather than creating art ‘inspired by’, then this is the defense I would offer.

Introducing Art to Kids: Warhol

Back to the project. We obviously looked at the picture, talked about it- how pretty the Queen was, how lucky she was to wear jewels and diamonds, how much my girls love pink-, and then talked about how we might be able to create a similar piece. LBG very quickly remembered  a fun morning she had with contact paper and tissue paper for an Easter art project. As luck would have it, we had a piece left over*, so I dug it out and went to work drawing a picture of the Queen.

tracing the outline

Given LBG’s fondest for accuracy, I was able to find a printable line drawing of The Queen, similar to the one in Warhol’s Pop Art. By placing it behind the contact paper art on a window on a sunny day, I was able to trace the details of the drawing onto the colourful contact paper. Her eyes look a little odd if you ask me, but that’s me being a bit perfectionist.

outline of the Queen, Warhol Inspired


The last step was to look at our picture next to the original Masterpiece. We noticed that there was another layer of colour on the top of the art, so I found some tubes of acrylic paint, and LBG had a good time choosing which colours should go where. I squeezed small amounts of each paint directly onto the painting and she used her fingers to smear it as she saw fit.

smudge on paint, Inspired by Warhol


*I laid a piece of contact paper, sticky side up, on her little table, secured with tape so it didn’t move, and gave her a huge bowl filled with cut-up pieces of tissue paper in a variety of colour. When she had finished covering the contact paper, I covered the art with another piece of contact paper, thus creating a sandwich. I cut this down to A4 size.

Queen suncatcher Jubilee


  1. kelsea says

    Hi – I love this idea to do with my year 1 class. However, the link to the queen outline is invalid. Is there a way you can email it to me? Thanks!

    • Domestic Goddesque says

      I don’t have a copy I’m afraid Kelsea but I just googled Queen colouring in images and searched until I found one that worked.

  2. says

    I know what you mean. I seriously in the same boat with Red Ted… we did another project today and I was surprised again at how product orientated he was! Sigh. Anyway, I still adore your queen!

    Thank you so much for joining us on our Kids Get Arty journey!


  3. says

    Oooh you have the arty bug!!! Pleased to see it :-) love your finally creation. Wonderful. And LOVE Warhol as an artist to explore with children.

    Know what you mean about the kids wanting things to be perfect… I dare you… to… try and break your little one out of it. Red Ted and I recently had a “free potato printing session” with no goal in mind. It was interesting to see how difficult he found it and how obsessed he was with “getting it right”. I think it did him a world of good. And we will be doing more of it!

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy & Alissa


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