Pop Art Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Add depth to your lesson on pop art with the addition of a study.com video and an opportunity for students to replicate a famous work. Increase understanding with supplementary activities and related lessons.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Explain the origins, purpose and influence of pop art
  • Identify pop art
  • Develop and create individual works of pop art


30 minutes to 1 hour


  • Large heavyweight plain paper or poster board
  • An assortment of magazines, newspapers, comic books and food/candy wrappers
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tablets, computers or projector to access lesson

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2: Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.7: Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.


  • Show the study.com video lesson Pop Art: Imagery, Influence & Examples to the class.
  • After viewing the whole video, freeze the video at 2:31 to display to the class.
  • Ask students to create individual works using the featured Warhol piece as inspiration, and the overall principles of pop art as a guide. Students will use the paper, newspapers, magazines, comic books, food/candy wrappers, scissors and glue. As is true of pop art, the goal of these pieces should be to make a statement about modern culture in a funny or ironic way.
  • When all students have completed their personal pop art, take the associated quiz on Study.com as a class.


  • Take a virtual field trip to online museums and galleries that feature pop art.
  • Ask students to research famous pop artists and report on their importance in the field.
  • Host a gallery night in the classroom to show off the pop art created by students.

Related Lessons

New Realism, Pop Art, Op Art & Hyperrealism

Abstract Expressionism, Hard Edge & Color Field Painting

Comparing Minimalism & Abstract Expressionism

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