Try mixing colorful patterns with a simple subject matter for this Pop Art Lesson. Keep the shapes simple and the colors bright.
Pop art was an art movement that emerged in the 1950s and drew inspiration from sources in popular and commercial culture. Thanks to masters like Andy Warhol, David Hockey, and Keith Haring, the movement marked the end of modernism and celebrated the beginning of contemporary art.
In terms that children would understand though, Pop Art is short for “Popular Art”, and this project simply asks students to take the idea of large colorful patterns like those found sometimes in popular comic books, and apply them to a simple landscape.
For the best results, please share these two coloring tips:
- DO use a thick black marker for the drawing, so that the lines really stand out.
- DO use similar (analogous) colors when filling in the patterns. Doing so will keep each shape, such as the grass, “reading” as one shape. Too much contrast and everything just visually starts to break up and you have more of a lesson in camouflage, which is another topic all together.
Note: This post contains affiliate links. If you click and take action, I will be compensated a small amount at no expense to you.
- Drawing Paper. Don’t substitute it with copy paper or construction paper. The surface will get fuzzy, erasing might cause holes, and the colors will generally not look as bright.
- Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase.
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tips.Stabilo Markers. They have the best colors, the best tips, and last the longest.
- Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent markers make nice black lines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them in areas with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath for table protection.
- Stabilo Markers. The large pack provides lots of fun color choices, several shades of each color, including a few choices for skin. The tips are perfect for coloring, and there’s even a promise that they will work after being uncapped for 8 weeks!
Time needed: 1 hour.
Draw a Pop Art Landscape
- Draw a gentle wavy horizon line.
- Add a gentle wavy foreground line.
- Draw a simple house.
- Add a couple of tree trunks.
- Add simple tree leaves.
- Fill foreground with large simple flowers.
- Fill trees and land with lines.
- Fill in the sky with circles.
- Trace in black and color.