I love Jasper Johns, and wanted to teach the girls about him. This was a time-consuming project, but the girls loved it. I showed them a PowerPoint of his work and we discussed what makes an object a symbol. We talked about changing important symbols that were very recognizable and meaningful. Does it cease to be the American flag if it is glittered and pink? We had a great conversation!
I wanted to make sure that there was a variety of materials so that we could have many different looking flags, without all the craziness. So I made each table a work station with designated supplies(for instance, if you sat at table 4, you would get watercolor crayons, paper stars and magazine strips). I called names and allowed them to choose what table they would be working at to make their flag. We started with rulers and drew the basic design with pencil, then they went to town!