American Flag inspired by Jasper Johns

BASED ON ARTWORK BY:   Jasper Johns

MAIN ARTWORK USED:  Flag 1961

SUBMITTED BY:   Luisa Dugas

GRADE LEVEL:   2/3 and 4/5 (Project done in 2 sessions)

MATERIALS:   Newspaper, Mod Podge,

Masonite cut in rectangular pieces either 8X12 or 10 X15

Blue cardstock cut to size of “Union” according to flag dimension

White foam stars or punched stars 0.5” from star punch

Red acrylic paint

INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1:   Have children tear a page of newspaper in long strips, use only the pages that are in black & white and no pictures, just writing.

STEP 2: Background. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to masonite and glue down newspaper strips. Try overlapping them to create an interesting pattern. Add more Mod Podge if edges are dry. Cover all masonite and set aside to dry.

STEP 3: Make “Union”. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to blue cardstock and start gluing down your white stars. (If using foam stars, just peel and stick) Stars don’t have to be in perfect order. The flag has changed 26 times and no one will count to see if you have exactly 50 stars.

STEP 4:  Glue down “Union” to upper left corner of background.

STEP 5: With red paint- paint the stripes. This will be free handed work. It does not need to be perfect. To get exactly 13 stripes, first paint the stripe that goes on the bottom right corner of the “union” to the edge of background on the right. Then paint the very top stripe to the right of the “union”. Then paint 2 red stripes in between. This will give you exactly the 7 stripes that surround the “union”. Then paint another red stripe at the bottom of the background. Last paint two more stripes in between. This will give you exactly 13 stripes total.

STEP 6: Let paint dry for a few hours and then coat the whole picture with a couple of layers of Mod Podge for shine and protection. Volunteer can do this after the project is completed.

Cave Art (2)

Based on:  Prehistoric Man, Lascaux Cave in France

 

Submitted by: Ingrid Piccirilli / Pandora Argue

Grade Level: 2/3

Materials:

  • Long rolls of brown paper that you can buy at any art store (same texture as brown grocery bags).
  • Black and terra cotta color charcoal sticks  (We cut up the charcoal sticks into 2 or 3 pieces to reduce cost of buying one for each child.  Also if you cannot find the charcoal sticks you can use oil pastels for the black and terra cotta, but they don’t spread as easily…)
  • White and brown oil pastels

Instructions: 

  • STEP 1:  MTM Volunteer should first present the online video of the LasCaux Caves and go through the Pre Historic power point presentation so that they get a feel for the simplicity and “story telling” aspect of cave art.

    I used a power point presentation on the following website titled Prehistoric Art (there are several):

    http://earlyhumans.mrdonn.org/powerpoints/caveart.html (link on side bar)

    And the video on the LasCaux Caves on the following link:

    www.lascaux.culture.fr/

    STEP 2:  Prep Ahead:  Cut or tear the brown paper into large (20 by 15 inch piece) rectangular like shapes.  It is better if it is not a clean edge scissor cut or exact triangle.  Then roll the pieces into little balls and massage it so that when you open them up, they will appear wrinkled.

    STEP 3: Tell the kids you want them to draw using earth tone colors (only provide earth tones as they will use bright colors if they are available!)

    STEP 4: They will ask what to draw:  Keep a slide up from the Power Point presentation and use that as a guide.  Also, you can provide a large poster board of sample drawings or print outs from the internet that they can refer to.

    STEP 5:  Encourage them to take up the entire piece of paper and to have at least on very large drawing.

Circus Scene in Pointillism

Based on: “The Circus” by Georges Seurat

Submitted by: Luisa Dugas

Grade Level: 2/3 and 4/5

Materials:

  • Watercolor paper
  • Liquid watercolors
  • Pencil
  • Q-tips
  • Horse stencils for 2/3 (4/5 can draw their own) 
  • Black colored pencil
  • 1″ painter’s tape

Instructions: 

  • Step 1: Presenter will prepare the paper with a 1″ border of paper tape ahead of time.
  • Step 2: Students will place paper vertically on the table. Tell students that they will draw a circus tent as if you were inside of it. Use a very light touch with the pencil because all lines will be erased later. Draw a semi-circle on the bottom of the page from side to side. This area will become the foreground or the “floor” of the circus tent.  Then they will draw a small upside down semi circle on the top of the page for the top of the circus tent. From this small semi circle, they will draw diagonal lines all the way down to the bottom semicircle trying to have an even pattern.
  • Step 3: They will pick a horse stencil and gently outline the horse onto the “tent floor” as if it was performing. Then erase all the lines that are inside the horse. Use a white eraser and NOT the pencil eraser as this will damage the paper.
  • Step 4: With watercolors and Q-tips students will make dots using contrasting colors in the tent stripes. Do not let the students mix the watercolors because colors will become muddled and loose effect. Use a different Q-tip every time you change colors. Continue applying dots to all areas of tent and horse always using contrasting colors.
  • Step 5: Let dry, erase all pencil lines and use black colored pencil to add details to horse. (If there isn’t enough time, presenter may add the details to the horse later)

Totems

Based on: Northwest Native North American Tribes

Artwork Used: Personal copies of totems copied from online researched articles (4/5 curriculum covers a multicultural curriculum every other year)

Submitted by: Dawn Forsberg

Grade Level: 4/5

Materials:

  • 2 coconuts per person
  • Assortment of seeds, berries, acorns, sticks
  • Acrylic paints (red, blue, black, yellow)
  • Assorted paint brushes
  • Glue gun and/or tacky glue

Instructions: 

  • STEP 1:Following the North American totem design tradition, students are instructed as follows: the top layer of the coconut should be designed to represent an animal that is meaningful to the student.  The bottom layer of the coconut totem should be designed to represent an important event or important people in the students’ life.STEP 2:Students write their names on the bottom of the coconut totem. Students first paint the two layers of the totem with the acrylic paint following the guidelines from step 1.STEP 3: (Optional): Students then glue the natural materials (seeds, sticks, acorns, etc) to add further detail to their individual totems. The glue gun works better for the heavier materials.

Cave Art

Based on: Origin of cave art by unknown artists throughout the world (parallels the 4/5 curriculum which covers a multicultural curriculum every other year)

Submitted by: Dawn Forsberg

Grade Level: 4/5 (could be adapted to 2/3) 

Materials:

  • Pieces of natural or concrete stones (Home Depot will donate or discount broken/damaged stepping stones from their garden center),
  • colored chalk, oil pastel crayons, or colored charcoal sticks

Instructions: 

  • After the presentation, students are presented with one of two scenarios:

    OPTION 1

    If people discover your art 1,000 years from now, what would you want them to learn about you? Draw symbols, pictures, colors, numbers, and pictures to represent you.

    OPTION 2

    If you lived 10,000 years ago, draw an activity or animal that would have represented you.

    STEP 1:  Students write their name on the back of their stone.

    STEP 2:  Students draw their art on the front surface of their stones using chalk, charcoal, or oil pastel crayons

    STEP 3: (Optional:) MTM presenter sprays or paints each surface of the finished stones with polyurethane once the stones are taken home.