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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Jasper Johns Mixed Media Flags

Created on March 08, 2013 by MrsImpey

Students use collage and painting to create these cool flags.

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2 sessions; 40 minutes per session

1. SWBAT identify the characteristics of the American flag.
2. SWBAT create an interesting composition using the words from American songs and poems.
3. SWBAT paint with tempera paint.

1. Print-outs of various American songs/poems
2. Glue sticks
3. Scissors
4. White tagboard
5. Tempera paint (white, red, and blue)
6. Paint brushes

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Day 1: Look quickly at the evolution of the American flag, and talk about what the stars, stripes and colors mean. Read various stanzas of the poems/songs and ask students to name them. Explain that they will be cutting them apart and gluing them in an intersting fashion on the tagboard. Tell them to arrange the words so that they overlap, are crooked, etc.

Day 2: Review the parts of the flag. Paint a blue square in the upper left corner. Paint 7 red stripes. Use a brush (or your pointer finger) to dot in the stars on the blue square.

1. My post on my blog about this project:

2. Post from another blog that influenced this project:

If you want to make this a little more in depth of a project and incorporate technology, it might be cool to take the kids to the computer lab to alter the fonts for the songs/poems. I simply printed out the songs in a packet, and changed the font for the pledge to be larger and thicker than the other two.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[K-4] Students use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories
[K-4] Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner
[K-4] Students know the differences between materials, techniques, and processes

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[K-4] Students use visual structures and functions of art to communicate ideas
[K-4] Students describe how different expressive features and organizational principles cause different responses

Visual Arts Standard 3:
Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas

[K-4] Students select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning
[K-4] Students explore and understand prospective content for works of art

Visual Arts Standard 4:
Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures

[K-4] Students identify specific works of art as belonging to particular cultures, times, and places

Visual Arts Standard 5:
Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others

[K-4] Students understand there are various purposes for creating works of visual art

Jasper Johns

Pop Art

Balance, Line, Rhythm/Pattern, Space, Variety

Collage, Mixed Media, Tempera

  • RVArtist 05/01/2013 at 01:26pm
    I just did this project with my first graders. They loved it! Thanks for sharing.