Pop Art Exercise

  • Young Adult
  • Grades 1-3

Learn how to transform an ordinary rubber duck into pop art!


  • Paint Brushes Triangle Handle
  • Acrylic Paint Jars, 24 Assorted colors
  • White Card stock
  • Pencil
  • Black Marker
  • Rubber Duck


Step 1. Gather your supplies.

pop art exercise for kids

drawing exercise

Step 2.

Draw 4 rectangular boxes on a piece of paper. For this exercise, we must first explore different perspectives, or points of view, with quick sketches. Place the rubber duck in front of you so that you can see the side view. Sketch a simple picture of what you see in the first box.

still life drawings

Step 3.

Spin the duck so that you’re looking directly at its face. In the next box, draw this new view of the duck. Take your time and observe the duck carefully before drawing.

pop are exercise for kids

Step 4.

Place the duck on the floor and look down at it. In the third box, draw this new view of the duck. You want to draw views that people aren’t used to seeing.

Kids craft pop art drawing

Step 5.

In the last box, you will practice cropping. Cropping is an exercise where you don’t draw the full object that you see, but only what fits within a certain space. For our example, we drew a very large, cropped version of the duck. Notice that the head and beak fit in the box, but the rest of his body do not.

Pop art kids craft drawing

Step 6.

Now it’s time to review your drawings. Look at your 4 drawings and decide which one will make the most interesting picture. While the duck in box 1 looked nice, we chose the duck in box 4 as the most interesting and different point of view. Redraw the image you chose onto a new piece of card stock, filling the space. When you are finished, outline the drawing in black marker.

Rubber Duck Pop Art Exercise for kids

Step 7.

Use paint to decorate your drawing.  Since the duck is yellow with an orange beak, you may choose a background color that will complement your image, such as blue or purple. Once dry, display your finished duck pop art design.

Further discussion:

Pop Art was a 1950s movement which focused on making art from commercial or ordinary images and objects.  Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and Jasper Johns are three well known artists who often created pop art. Lichtenstein made giant paintings that looked like panels from the Sunday comics, Johns often sculpted designs featuring the American Flag and Warhol made prints using popular kitchen items, including a famous soup design.