Kindergarteners Use Letters and Numbers in Art

After looking closely at the work of Jasper Johns and a few other artists that use letters and numbers in their work, students created their own mixed-media artwork using letters and numbers that are important to them.  Students began by folding their papers into fourths, then filling each box with a letter or number.  They used their first initial, last initial, age and then any other letter or number they wanted.  During the drawing process, students were given alphabet sheets in various fonts so they could include a variety of letter types.  After that, students added color to letters/numbers with crayon.  We talked about the application of paint in Jasper Johns’s work, then students added chunks of color using oil pastel in their background.  Lastly, works were coated with black watercolor paint to fill any remaining areas.  Here are four examples from the following students: Audrey C., Ainslee M., Sara G., and Kira A.


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