My kindergarteners have a unit called "Red, White and Blue". They've been learning about patriotism and the American flag. I wanted to tie into what the students were learning in their classroom without literally recreating a flag. I decided it would be fun to use the colors, lines and shapes found in the flag to make a paper collage.
After talking about the symbolism and art elements found in the flag the students painted "flag" paper to use to create a collage the following week. In the next class the kids cut up the papers and then pasted them to a piece of black paper. They were also given stars that could be used as accents. The finished art work evoked the flag without being a literal representation.