Abstract Art of Jasper Johns
"Zero-Nine" by Jasper Johns
"Alphabet" by Jasper Johns
7th Graders explored the abstract work of Jasper Johns, an American painter, sculptor, and printmaker. Students used familiar letters, numbers and words as text in art. These letters, arranged by overlapping each into a sorted or juxtaposed composition, expresses freedom from what they know about the letters and numbers and presents them in a new visual melody.
Students used collage techniques to incorporate areas of newspaper and charcoal pencil to define the new shapes of letters and numbers. In addition, students had to incorporate what they learned about color theory by displaying specific color families in a wide range of tints and shades in their painting.