Hints and Tips
Use many different brands of pop so that students can compare the ways marketers try to make their brand stand out. Allow students to choose the brand they would like to try to sketch. Challenge better artists to draw more difficult designs.
Use pop cans of the exact same brand such as coke and have all students use different colors on their painting. Or use one brand such as coke and show all the different kinds of coke such as diet coke, coke zero, etc.
Use only two complementary colors for all of the paintings. For example, use yellow and purple for all parts of the pop can so that students must choose how to make it stand out. Display them all together for a really eye-catching display.
Use the lesson to teach about complementary colors, tints and shades. Have students mix their own colors to create the various greens, purples, or orange colors needed.
Use the lesson to discuss influences on art such as popular culture, nature or the imagination.
Use the lesson to show other areas where pop art is used such as: designs for clothing and shoes, designs on thumbnail memory sticks, campaign icons, posters, and billboard advertising. This video on Obama and pop culture by the artist Shepard Fairey could be used to teach about the influences of art and popular culture together.
Use the lesson to teach students the benefits of recycling. Ask them how the pop cans could be reused in a new way, or recycled. Demonstrate can and bottle recycling when doing this project by recycling bottles and cans in the classroom and school daily.