Visual Art Games

From Managing the Art Classroom’s Blog

1. Draw a scribble on the board.
2. A student comes up and turns it into an object.
3. The first student to correctly guess what it is gets to go next.

1. Please scribble freely all over one of your sheets of paper (with any of your art materials).
2. Now find five objects within the lines of the scribbles – list the items on the sides of your paper.
3. Now write a story using all 5 items. The story should be at least a paragraph – 4 to 5 sentences.
4. If time allows, draw a picture or cartoon strip to go along with your story (be sure to include all 5 items).

1. Pair up and get your partner to do something that they can easily do within the room:
2. One person draws a simple diagram of what s/he wants the other person to do.
3. Words, letters, or numbers may NOT be used.
4. Directional arrows and shapes of signs MAY be used.

“WHERE, WHAT, AND WHO?”  Tarin Majure
1. The teacher provides a theme.
2. The students draw out their answers, providing enough information in order for someone else to guess what the drawing represents.
3. The teacher shows the pictures one at a time.
4. The class guesses what its about (in relation to the theme) and who drew it.

“I AM?” (an art history appreciation game) Tarin Majure
1. Students “become” the art work and write from its point of view.
2. Example: Mona Lisa – “I am bored, bored, bored and if this crazy man would stop painting me, I could finally draw my eyebrows back on!”

WHAT HE/SHE/IT SAID” (an art appreciation game) Tarin Majure
1. Students write about another student’s or a famous artist’s piece of work.
2. They can write about what it means, what was going on in the artist’s mind during the artistic process, or even how the art work itself would answer a question – often a silly one.

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