What are super easy and fun art projects you can do with various ages, and are always a hit? Pop Art, of course! Explore what Pop Art is for students, with one of these easy Pop Art ideas below. Enjoy a printable Pop Art project in the classroom, at home, or with a small group for doable art activities, using budget-friendly supplies. Make sure to get the free Pop Art printable below too!
Explore Pop Art For Kids
We have several artists featured below who have been quite influential in the Pop Art movement worldwide… Including the artist most highly recognized for this style with his Campbell Soup cans… Andy Warhol.
Go ahead! Explore a bit of Pop Art in the classroom, at home, or with your group… doable activities, and budget-friendly supplies.
What Is Pop Art?
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, a cultural revolution was happening, led by activists, thinkers, and artists who wanted to change what they felt was a very rigid style of society.
These artists began looking for inspiration and materials from their surroundings. They made art using everyday items, consumer goods, and media images. This movement was called Pop Art from the term Popular Culture.
Pop Art is characterized by the use of everyday objects and images from popular culture, such as advertisements, comic books, and consumer products.
One of the characteristics of Pop Art is its use of color. Pop Art is bright, bold, and very relatable! Learn more about color as part of the 7 elements of art.
There are many different types of Pop Art, from paintings to silk-screen prints, to collage and 3-D artworks. Learn about some of the most well known Pop Art artists below.
Pop Art Artists
Several famous artists, who are known for their involvement in the Pop Art movement include Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.
American artist Andy Warhol was an artist, film director, and producer who was a leading figure in the Pop Art movement.
Warhol would use commercial mass-produced images in his art. One example of this was a series on Campbell Soup cans. In one painting Warhol had two hundred Campbell’s soup cans repeated over and over. He also created pictures using silkscreen and lithography.
Warhol would use bold primary colors in his work, often straight from the can or the tube of paint. These bright colors offered the ability to grab attention quickly.
American artist, Roy Lichtenstein is well known for his use of cartoon strips, that were very popular in the 1950s, in his artwork. Lichtenstein admired the skill of comic book artists, who could create complicated stories of love and war in cartoon form.
Along with other great artists like Andy Warhol, Lichtenstein became a leading figure in the pop art movement.
Make your own comic strip-inspired Easter Bunny Art, Halloween Pop Art or Christmas Tree Card.
Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist who works in sculpture, painting, performance, video, fashion, poetry, and writing! Born in 1929 in rural Japan, Kusama had a difficult childhood and says that making art has saved her life.
Kusama lived in New York City in the late 50’s and 60’s, during the Pop Art movement. Her Infinity Mirror Rooms were created during this time. But she became increasingly frustrated with male artists receiving fame for her ideas. In the 1970’s, she moved back to Japan.
Keith Haring was an American artist who grew up in Kutztown, PA. At a young age, Haring learned cartooning from his father, watching Disney shows, and reading Dr. Seuss.
Over time, his Pop Art style was inspired by the New York City graffiti subculture of the 1980’s. He became successful nationally and internationally with his public projects and exhibitions. His public works often carried social messages.
Jean-Michel Basquiat began his career as a street and graffiti artist on the streets of New York. Basquiat’s art focused on contrasts, such as wealth versus poverty, and integration versus segregation. He used poetry, drawing, and the written word to express himself in an empowering way.
Basquiat painted a lot of self-portraits. In both his portraits and self-portraits, he explores his identity as a man of Latino and African-American lineage. He used social commentary in his paintings as a tool for identifying with his experiences in the black community, as well as to attack racism and prejudice.
In 1983, Basquiat was befriended by the Pop artist Andy Warhol, and the two began to collaborate occasionally.
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Fun Pop Art Ideas
Click on each art project for step-by-step instructions and a free printable to use with the activity. You will surely find easy Pop Art ideas for any theme or season!
Christmas Pop Art
Create your own colorful Pop Art Christmas cards. There are 5 designs to choose from; Christmas trees, stockings, stars, baubles, and candy canes.
Earth Day Pop Art
Transform a couple of simple art supplies into a colorful masterpiece. This Earth Day pop art project is a terrific way to celebrate our Earth, with repeating images of the planet.
Easter Pop Art
Combine a repeating egg pattern and bright colors to create fun mixed media Easter pop art.
Easter Bunny Pop Art
A comic strip inspired Easter bunny! Use dots and stripes, and bright colors to create this abstract Easter bunny in the Pop Art style.
Flower Pop Art
Complete these free printable coloring pages with the look and feel of a Warhol work of art.
Halloween Pop Art
Pop Art artist Roy Lichtenstein loved to use ideas from comic books. Combine bright colors and a ghostly comic book element to create your own fun Halloween Pop Art.
Leaf Pop Art
Here is a fun fall theme Pop Art project to try!
Explore the work of Keith Haring, and try this easy and fun line art project for kids.
Polka Dot Butterfly
This fun art activity is inspired by artist Yayoi Kusama’s 1985 Butterfly painting that uses dense patterns of colorful polka dots.
Popsicle Pop Art
Combine bright colors and pictures of popsicles for a fun summer theme Pop Art project!
Sunrise Pop Art
Based on his famous Sunrise painting, this Roy Lichtenstein inspired Pop Art project is perfect for exploring mixed media with kids.
Valentine’s Day Pop Art
A Pop Art inspired Valentine’s Day card! Use bright colors, and fun Valentine’s shapes to create these Valentine’s Day cards in the Pop Art style.
Helpful Art Resources To Get You Started
Here are a few resources to help you introduce art more effectively to your kids or students and feel confident when presenting materials. You’ll find helpful free printables throughout.
- Free Color Mixing Mini Pack
- Getting Started with Process Art
- Preschool Art Projects
- How to Make Paint
- Easy Painting Ideas For Kids
- Free Art Challenges
- What Are The 7 Elements Of Art?
- STEAM Activities (Science + Art)
Printable Art Project Pack
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