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The iconic Campbell’s soup can became Warhol's primary subject.
September 16, 2014
Soup for Thought
When Deputy Principal Karrie Weinstock visited the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburg over the summer, she was very impressed by the life story of Warhol, the brilliant and creative innovator.

Speaking at the first Senior School assembly, Mrs. Weinstock shared her excitement with the girls, noting that “a new school year opens new possibilities for your talents and ingenuity to take shape.”
Students, faculty and staff were immediately drawn to the recognizable images of Campbell’s soup cans.
“Who, sitting here today,” Mrs. Weinstock asked, “will be the next Andy Warhol—a brilliant and creative innovator?”
As Mrs. Weinstock’s story unfolded, outlining Andy Warhol’s early life in 1930's Pittsburgh, we heard of the illness that confined him to bed at the age of 6. He spent countless hours drawing and, under the care of his Slovakian-born mother, was encouraged and helped to develop his artistic interest and technique.
Warhol’s parents struggled financially, but his father was adamant that Andy should go to university to study art and develop his talent. Upon graduation, he became a superb illustrator and gifted draftsman for major New York fashion magazines such as Glamour, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.
But Andy Warhol did not want to be a Fashion Illustrator. He was looking to be innovative and take creative risks and he became interested in images of everyday life.
The Campbell’s soup can became his primary subject and a new movement, dubbed Pop Art, was born. Warhol discovered the silkscreen process, which gave us the stunning and well-known displays of Marilyn Munroe, Elvis and Mao—important advancements in artistic technique in the 20th century.
“This story,” Mrs. Weinstock said, “is particularly pertinent as Branksome’s new school year begins.”
“For those of you who are new, as well as for those students returning, know that you are in a school community dedicated to helping each girl find and nurture her ‘remarkable,’” Mrs. Weinstock told the students.
“We are a community excited by innovation and creativity and brimming with opportunities to collaborate. Show us what you’ve got in the year ahead!”

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