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Level: Junior
Grades: 3-5 | Age: 8-11 | Written by: Madeline Buonagurio
[Madeline is an art educator at Jefferson, Roosevelt and Washington Elementary Schools in North Arlington, NJ.]

Students will learn about the pop art movement. They will then create pictures of ice cream cones.


The students will be able to:

What You Need:
What You Do:


  1. Sketch an ice cream treat on newsprint

  2. Transfer the sketch to 12x18 drawing paper so that it extends to the edges of the paper

  3. Paint the ice cream using tempera paint

  4. Add white to colors to create tints

  5. Cut out and mount on 12x18 black construction paper

Note from KinderArt: In our example photo above, students used oil pastel to create 8 ice cream cone images.

Motivation and Discussion:
The students will view and discuss the paintings and sculptures of the Pop Art movement of the 1960's. They will understand that Pop Art's aim was to break down the barriers between art and life. Pop Art is a western cultural phenomenon. It's center was America.

It was born in New York and London, the new art centers of the western world. As a result, the cultures of the entire world have become Americanized.

The subject matter of Pop Art is made up of ordinary objects from everyday life. The objects are distorted, enlarged, simplified and colored differently.

Commercial materials and techniques are used to produce the art.

Pop Art mirrored contemporary reality and reflected upon the cultural changes of the 1960's. These changes included: the music of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, the idealism of the Kennedy era, the reality of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, the outbreak of the Vietnam war in 1964, and the race riots and drug addiction in the United States.

The class will discuss favorite ice cream treats: sundae, soda, banana split, and cone. The teacher will remind the class to "think like an artist". The art should be visually interesting.


  1. Show the children how to draw overlapping scoops of ice cream and dripping syrup.

  2. Demonstrate mixing tints for the ice cream colors and the cone color.

  3. Demonstrate painting sprinkles on the painted and dried ice cream colors.

  4. Demonstrate painting accent lines on the painted and dried cone color.



  1. The ice cream should be drawn and painted artistically.

  2. The ice cream should be drawn and painted skillfully.

  3. The ice cream should extent to the edges of the paper either vertically or horizontally.

  4. The ice cream should be cut out and mounted on black paper.

  5. The students should understand the cultural changes that influenced Pop Art, the subject matter of Pop Art, and Pop Art's effect on contemporary art.

  6. The students should participate in the class discussion.

  7. The students should be knowledgeable about the Pop Art culture in the United States and its influence on the western world.


  1. Create a Pop Art sculpture of a type of food.

  2. Create a drawing/painting using comic/cartoon characters as part of the subject matter.

  3. Create a drawing/painting of the American flag in unusual colors.

Jackson Pollock Links:

Recommended Books/Products:

Jackson Pollock
by Mike Venezia, Jackson Pollock, Meg Moss
Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) is widely considered as the most challenging and influential American artist of the 20th century. This sumptuous book offers a fresh overview of his achievement, reinterpreted for a new generation.

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