Saturday, September 28, 2013

Kinder Pop!

The definition of Pop Art that I use in my elementary classroom is "to turn an ordinary something into an extraordinary something." Everyday subjects like food, sneakers, or even the alphabet can go from boring to exciting by making them big and colorful. Another way we can make it exciting is to repeat our shapes again and again. We really had a ball making these Jasper Johns inspired, multi-layered, painted & printed, alphabet pop paintings.
First, we stuck on foam alphabet stickers, all around the page. Great deals on these at the dollar store. Then we reviewed our mixing of secondary colors from the previous lesson, this time with tempera. They looooved that part. We threw in a few shapes and numbers too while painting, because it was one of those experimental moments with lots of ooohs and aaahs.

Next, we added white to our mixing trays to learn how tints are made, and began filling the page with as many tints as we could make. It's important with this step to remind them to tap their rinsed brush on the sponge, so dirty water doesn't go into their mixtures. "Rinse, tap, dip."

Last is the best part - stamp printing with our new sponge stampers from Roylco, which are amazing. Very sturdy sponge material and a thick cut to prevent shape distortion when little hands are stamping. I can tell these will last a while. This set has generously sized capitals and lower case, although we only used the lowers here because our paper size was not too big.


Good stuff -  I would call these letters extraordinary!


  1. What a great project!!! These are extraordinary! I love the use of the foam letters to create texture/raised surface, great sponge stamps( I love printing with the kids)! Also using letters reinforces letter recognition( core connections!) Great job! Thanks for sharing this! :)

  2. Did you use paper or canvas panel for the base? These are terrific. I am especially impresses that they did not become a muddy mess. Your students must be good listeners

    1. They are pretty good listeners, but I think the key to avoiding mud is giving them a good demo, pairing them with a mixing partner, and giving them one step at a time. We go pretty slowly. I used a thick watercolor paper. Thanks for your comment!

  3. These are totally up my alley! Love them, Hope. I have a similar lesson (using Jasper Johns as the inspiration), but love the printing component of yours!

  4. I love the mixed media aspect of this project. What a great way to introduce and expose students to painting, printing, stamping, and composition. Those Roylco stamps are awesome! Definitely pinning this :)

  5. Great lesson. I'm sure kinders enjoyed every step of the process.


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