Jasper Johns Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Who was Jasper Johns and what did he contribute to the art world? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to summarize the life and work of this American artist. An activity gives students a chance to try some of Jasper Johns' unique techniques.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize the life and career of American artist Jasper Johns
  • define 'Abstract Expressionism'
  • list and describe key works by Jasper Johns

Length

60 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.3

Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.9

Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.

Materials

  • Assorted images showing the artwork of Jasper Johns
  • Full-color paper copies of the text lesson Jasper Johns: Biography, Paintings & Facts, one for each student
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated text lesson, one for each student
  • Heavyweight white paper
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paint brushes

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