Jasper Johns Elementary Art Lesson Pre-K to 6th Grade


Josey’s Art School


Studying Art with the Masters


Robin Norgren, M.A.

This Lesson:

 Jasper Johns




Interesting Facts about Jasper Johns

·        Jasper Johns is an American artist whose work which laid the foundation for Pop artists like Andy Warhol.

·        Johns has received many honors throughout his career, including receipt of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

·        Johns painted objects that everyone could recognize, like flags, numbers (and more numbers), targets, and maps. The paintings don’t show Johns’ opinions. In fact, the artwork may not have any meaning at all. His paintings show us things that we have seen hundreds of times and often just ignore. But we don’t ignore Johns’ paintings. Instead, we study them and find new meaning in the objects he shows us.

Source: https://learnodo-newtonic.com/jasper-johns-facts and http://artsmarts4kids.blogspot.com/2009/03/jasper-johns.html


 Materials needed

Pencil (to write the child’s name on the back of the work)

8.5x11 or 9x12 white cardstock/precut poster board/140lb watercolor paper – something with a bit more stability to it than copy paper in order to withstand the amount of paint and glue your students will be using.  You will need enough for each participant to use as the base for his/her artwork


Water bowls

Acrylic paint (or tempura paint for younger children) red/blue/yellow

Circle templates (or choose everyday items to use as circle stencils)



Length of Time/Duration of project:

30 minutes

Prep work:

Collect the materials for the project.

Decide how you will create 4 different sizes of circles

(circle template is below)





You have a few options for how you want to proceed with developing the main thrust of the project.  I work in a Montessori setting.  This means that you are met with a gamut of skill levels.  Some children will have no problem handling more of the details of this project which means less time needed to prep and more of the experience for the way the artistic process works is offered to the child.  I have attempted to give you two ends of the spectrum but please feel free to modify as needed.


1.   Take your piece of white paper that you are using as the base for the project and write the child’s name on the back of the paper or let them write their names on their own.

2.   Create your first circle.

3.   And the next circle

4.   Continue with your circles.