This week in Under the Influence, we learned about Jasper Johns. The students learned that he often painted everyday things (a flag, a bullseye, numbers). After looking at samples of his work, I guided their pieces by suggesting a flag (though it wasn't a must, as I want them to do whatever they feel like...within reason) incorporating a bullseye and/or numbers if they chose. They used pencil, Sharpies and oil pastels, learning how to blend the colors to create a painterly effect.
I was so impressed with how focused the children were, and by how great each piece ended up.