Tuesday, January 14, 2020

5th Grade Number Project...

This project is inspired by the work of the famous artist Jasper Johns...
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Date created: 1961

I found these number stencils at Scrap RVA in Richmond, Virginia. Scrap RVA is an arts and craft recycle store...and it is awesome! I teach Scrappy Creatures and Japanese Stab Binding at Scrap RVA. If you are ever in the Richmond area you must add it to your do-to-list. 

You can buy a set of these graphic number stencils on Amazon, just click on the link below...


You will also need a circle tracer as well. I got this one at Michaels with my weekly 40% off coupon. 

You can get it on Amazon by clicking the link below...

The paper size for this project is 12x18 90# white multi use paper by Pecon.

Students pick their 3 favorite numbers to trace with a pencil. The first number should be traced 
right-side up.

The second number is placed over the first number but this time it should be traced upside down.

The third number is placed over the first 2 and can be traced in any direction the student chooses...either right-side up or upside down. Any of the 3 numbers can be traced backwards as well. 

Using the circle tracer add 3 different size circles overlapping the numbers somewhere on the paper.

Use a fine tip Sharpie to trace over all the pencil lines.
Fill in the small spaces with lines using the Sharpie.

Add shading in some of the corner points with a pencil. I just have the kids smooth out the
pencil lines with their fingers or you can use a blending tool.

You can order blending tools on Amazon by clicking the link below ...

After you have finished all the corner shading start to add your color.

I let my students choose between colored pencils or water colors.
I use Crayola colored pencils and a mix of Prang and Crayola watercolors in my art room.

 Colored Pencils


Jasper Johns painted the entire canvas for his art work tilted  0-9  
I only have my students paint inside the numbers and circles but you can try it either way. 

Let me know what you think and please share your results if you try this project in your class room. You can email me at 

Check back for new projects and ideas every Thursday.


  1. I love this lesson!
    What is the stencil size/height? Also-What size paper?

  2. the stencil is 12x 18 inch and the paper is 12x18 inch 90# Pecon

  3. Does anyone have any ideas for how to adapt this to a high school - level art lesson? Some ideas: students could use Illustrator or Photoshop to manipulate the numbers/letters.... Other ideas for traditional art media? Thanks!

    1. Great idea! I love the idea of photoshop. They could add textures easily. Color fills would be easy along with patterns.

  4. Love this Lee. I can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Love this! I am adapting this to my 7th grade art classroom (: Thank you for the step by step. I am going to make my own stencil numbers today and see how it goes!

  6. I would love to see how they turn out. Would you share how you are making your own stencils?