American Flag inspired by Jasper Johns



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


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.