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This blog features art projects for children. These projects have been used in my classes. My lessons allow children to learn about all the elements and principles of art while striving to introduce them to many genres of art.

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." - Albert Einstein

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Name Patterns Inspired by Jasper Johns

Grades 3 and 4 designed these colorful name patterns using watercolor paint and markers.  We discussed the artist Jasper Johns and in particular his carefree style of painting and dramatic use of color.  We noticed that he often chose a familiar subject such as the world map, then using paint colorfully redesigned the image.  In this case a child's name is always the most familiar subject and they find if fun and satisfying to add a splash of color and pattern to their names.  Somehow the paintings always reflect a child's personality, serious, organized, playful and such are all evident here.


  1. Your student's artworks are whimsical, colorful, and a great reflection on Jasper John's iconic paintings. You should be very proud!

  2. hi, could you tell me what materials your kids used for this name project? i really like them and may use something similar for a summer camp i'm doing on self-expression. thanks!

  3. The students first drew their design with pencil, then painted with watercolor paints. The project still did not look complete so we took out thing markers to jazz them up a bit. Some just needed some outlining others need a little more detail. Hope that helps.

  4. I love this project... structured yet carefree it gives the students free reign to creativity. Thank you Janis for sharing this wonderful lesson.

    1. Thank you Aparna for the nice compliment. Yes, the students displayed a lot of creativity with this lesson.


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