We took a day to look at various Jasper Johns artwork in a power point, and then I asked students to create a drawing based on Jasper Johns art.
The next class, we talked about patriotism and the symbolism of the flag. We also talked about how Jasper Johns always used interesting canvases for his artwork. I passed out a packet of American songs and poems (the national anthem, the pledge, and America the Beautiful . I had students cut these up and paste them onto some white tag board. We talked about cutting them apart in creative ways to make the word placement interesting.
On the third day, we painted a blue square and red stripes (after reviewing the symbolism of those items), and I passed out white finger paint for the students to add the stripes.