Graphic Design Project- FINAL
“Interpretation of the American Flag”
Using the American flag as the chosen image, students will visually interpret it 10
different ways using traditional art media and materials as well as technology (including but not
limited to: computer graphics software, video, digital photography, desktop publishing software,
Students will carefully consider the language of graphic design and various graphic
design principles: cropping, touching, overlapping, intersection of forms, positive and negative
relationships, composition, texture, scale, frame of reference, illusory space, and color. In order
to prepare students for taking a different look at the flag, various flag images will be shown,
some from art history, others from contemporary artists. (See attached.)
Standards: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
• Sketchbooks/journals for recording ideas
• Computer access w/software of choice
• Digital cameras if desired
• Traditional art materials and media: paint, paper, pencil, charcoal, marker, ink, pastel, etc.
as well as 3D materials if the artist so desires
• Templates of size requirements: 4 x 6 inch rectangles pre-drawn and photocopied. All
images/sculptural pieces must fit inside this size.
1. As a class, introduce idea of visually reinterpreting the image of the flag by viewing and
discussing images. As these are discussed, students will record ideas as sketches and also
as written statements or journal entries.
2. Students begin brainstorming own sketch ideas of their interpretation of flag using
graphic design principles. They do not need to use the traditional colors of the flag, but
basic structure (stars, blue corner block, stripes) must be incorporated.
3. Because of the individual nature of interpretation and work, students will work
independently from this point forward with weekly checkpoints and in-progress critiques
4. Total class time: 10 classes spent researching, sket