Art School | Number Art with Jasper Johns

by , posted on August 20th, 2013 in Art School

jasper johns art project for kids

An artist we have never explored in Art School is Jasper Johns. He was born in Georgia and if you can believe it, where he grew up in South Carolina, he says “there were no artists and there was no art”! That shows us that just because we may not be familiar with something, doesn’t mean we can’t become amazing at it, or even famous for it! Jasper Johns liked to use a lot of organized patterns in his paintings, like flags, numbers, letters, maps. Take a look at this painting, imagine how big this grid of numbers is in real life, it measures 9 FEET by 7 FEET!!!

numbers by jasper johns

Using this artwork of Jasper Johns, we are going to create a painting using foam numbers, heavy cardstock or a canvas if you have one, glue and 4 paint colors.

supplies for jasper johns art project

First glue down your numbers in a grid, it doesn’t matter how many you have as long as they create a grid, you can do a 3×3, 4×4, 5×2 grid, etc. Once you’ve glued them down, paint the entire piece your lightest color, numbers and all.

jasper johns art project for kids

jasper johns art project

Next, paint every other square surrounding a number and the number itself in a second color. It’ll sort of resemble a tic tac toe board a little, or a checkerboard. You can avoid painting the squares of the light background color since they already are painted. Let the colors dry.

jasper johns art project for kids

jasper johns number art project

Once you have a nice checkerboard style and it’s dry, take a third color and just gently stroke over the piece, we are going for a lightly layered look. So light brush strokes are ideal.

unleashing inner jasper johns

Do this gentle stroking method again with your fourth color and then let dry.

painting like jasper johns

And there is your own priceless Jasper Johns inspired work of art.

it's a work of art - jasper johns style

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3 Responses to “Art School | Number Art with Jasper Johns”

  1. bp Says:

    August 20th, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Incredible activity to teach children about creative expression & the beauty of modren art! I think this is fantastic!

  2. Jennifer Cooper Says:

    August 21st, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Have I told you how much I love this?

  3. Andrea :: Crafting Connections Says:

    August 26th, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Jasper Johns is one of my favorites – I got to help with his show here several years ago at the Chicago Art Institute – so fun and inspiring! I love this take on his work!! :)

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