Last week, we had a lesson on Jasper Johns and the American flag. The American flag stands for, symbolizes and represents our whole country.
Every part of the American flag is symbolic or has meaning. From the 50 stars representing our 50 states to the 13 stripes symbolizing the 13 original colonies (the colors have symbolic meaning too)!
This week we are going to make a flag of our own design using symbolism!
-Colored drawing media (crayons, colored pencils and/or markers)
Symbolism in art is the use of pictures to represent ideas, meanings, or messages. Symbolism can also be found in books, movies, songs, dance and theater art using words and movement, in addition to images.
Just like the colors on our American flag, colors can have symbolic meaning too. Here is a YouTube video, “Did you know the meaning of colors? | thinking how | color meanings,” that explains more about color meanings: www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_tqoSlj8pg.
Now it’s your turn to make your own flag! First, decide what your flag is about — you, your family? It should be important to you.
What will be the layout design — will you use stripes, boxed areas or other dividers?
Use shapes and pictures (symbols) so your flag tells a story.
Start lightly drawing your flag with a pencil then add color!
Next, pick three or four colors that have a meaning to you.
Have fun designing your flag!