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Exploring Pop Art Lesson Plan

Learning Objective

Students will learn about the art movement of Pop Art and create their own animated GIFs using the Brush Ninja tool.


  • Computers or tablets with internet access for each student
  • Projector or smartboard for whole-class instruction
  • Paper and coloring materials for sketching (optional)



  • Begin the lesson by showing examples of famous Pop Art pieces, such as Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans or Roy Lichtenstein’s comic book-inspired works.
  • Discuss with students what they notice about these artworks, emphasizing bold colors, repetition, and use of everyday objects.
  • Explain that Pop Art was a movement that celebrated popular culture and challenged traditional notions of art.

Brush Ninja Tutorial

  • Introduce students to Brush Ninja, an online tool for creating animated GIFs.
  • Demonstrate how to access and navigate Brush Ninja on the projector or smartboard.
  • Walk through the basic features of the tool, such as drawing tools, colors, frames, and playback options.

Guided Practice

  • Assign each student a familiar object from their everyday life (e.g., a toy, food item).
  • Instruct them to sketch a simplified version of their object on paper before starting their digital creation.
  • Have students open Brush Ninja on their devices and guide them in creating an animated GIF that showcases their chosen object in a pop art style. Encourage them to use bold colors and repetitive patterns.

Independent Practice

  • Allow students time to work independently on expanding their animated GIFs using additional frames in Brush Ninja.
  • Encourage creativity by suggesting they experiment with different color schemes or add text elements inspired by comic book styles commonly found in Pop Art.


As students work independently, circulate the classroom to assess their understanding of the Pop Art style and their ability to create animated GIFs using Brush Ninja. Provide feedback and guidance as needed.


  • If time permits, have students share their finished animated GIFs with the class by projecting them on the smartboard or through a gallery walk.
  • Discuss as a class how each student incorporated elements of Pop Art into their creations and what they enjoyed most about the process.
  • Encourage students to explore other online tools or software to further develop their digital art skills at home or during free time.

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