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Making ItShadow Painting

A woman outlines a shadow using a black marker.

Demonstrating how to make a shadow painting.

Warhol’s colorful, abstract Shadow paintings from the 1970s are the inspiration for this simple art activity. Using a task lamp and objects around the house, we cast and trace shadows, then add details and color to bring our images to life. This flexible activity is fun and accessible for young children, making it possible for them to incorporate complex figures and objects into their artworks. It also provides a meditative drawing experience for adults of all ages, asking us to slow down and focus on form.

About the Making It Series

The Warhol’s Making It videos are designed to spark creativity and engagement at home. Artist educators demonstrate short, accessible hands-on activities inspired by Warhol’s life, art, and legacy. Designed for makers of all ages and skill levels, these award-winning activities use simple materials commonly available around the house and encourage playful experimentation. To watch more Making It videos, visit the archives.

About the Learning and Public Engagement Team

The Warhol’s Learning and Public Engagement team strives to engage audiences from different walks of life with relevant, accessible opportunities for learning, creative expression, skill-building, and connection. Whether at the museum, in the community, or online, our goal is to leave our audiences feeling inspired, empowered, and equipped with the skills they need to thrive in a changing world. To learn more, visit