Monday, April 4, 2011

Pattern Flags with Jasper Johns

Discussion: what is pattern? we talked about it last time we were together. 
Where do we see it?
What makes a pattern: repetition. 
what does it mean to repeat something?
to do it again and again
Look at Jasper Johns painting of the flag
where do we see repetition?
what do you think Jasper Johns is trying to say with this piece?
        How many stars are on each flag? Why?
        How many stripes? Why?
   Is this piece Flat?
       How does it have form?

ARTIST: Jasper Johns
American contemporary artist who works primarily in painting and printmaking
Jasper Johns grew up in Allendale, South Carolina
Recounting this period in his life, he says, "In the place where I was a child, there were no artists and there was no art, so I really didn't know what that meant. I think I thought it meant that I would be in a situation different than the one that I was in." 
Johns was raised, primarily, by relatives after he was abandoned by his mother. 
He began drawing when he was three and has continued doing art ever since
Best Known for his painting of the Flag
Associated with Pop artists
He seemed to be seeking to create meaning solely through the use of conventional symbols.
Preparation: cut card stock in half and then one half in fourths to get all the paper for this project
Step1: hand each student the 3 sheets of paper in the 3 sizes ask them to put their names on each sheet
Step2: on each of you students three sheets of paper they should paint the top left corner blue
Step2: one each of the three sheets of paper, the students should paint red stripes by the blue and down the page?
set them all aside to dry
WEEK 2: 
Step1: add stars to the blue area for all three paintings
Step2: glue a craft stick diagonally across the back of the smallest flag painting
Step3: glue that craft stick to the front of the medium size painting
Step4: on the back of the med size painting, glue on three craft sticks
Step5: Add glue to those three craft sticks and glue them to the front of the largest.

Three sheets of white card stock in whole, half and fourth sizes
Blue and red paint
Paint brushes
foil star stickers
Craft sticks

1 comment:

  1. Very cool. This will be great for our summer art camp this week.