Back to School Art Lessons: Design a Pencil Game, Sub Plan for Blended Learning

Back to School Art Lessons: Design a Pencil Game, Sub Plan for Blended Learning

Can be used for 2nd – 6th, Homeschool students.

Includes: PDF, 23 pages


Need a creative activity for your Back to School bulletin board? Imagine these cute pencils in your hallway along with one of the two included writing prompts(*You can find the instructions here. Need a no fuss, last minute art sub plan?This art lesson is perfect for elementary teachers wanting to learn how to paint on a budget with markers (

yes, markers!). The steps are illustrated with step-by-step instructions on how to transfer the template and fill it out with designs. To select patterns, you can either play a fun dice game or roll a few dice. You can give the page “You Pick”, where they can choose their own patterns.If time is tight, you can have students draw directly on the photocopied template by using colored pencils and crayons. The included

PowerPoint presentation with close-up, detailed photos will guide them from start to finish to create a beautiful project.BE PREPARED

Are you going to be absent and need a last minute Back to School art lesson for the substitute? Are you looking for a quiet, indoor recess activity that is both calm and safe? Do you teach art in a classroom and are you short of ideas?

In search of an activity for a remote learning or distance learning situation?Fill up your

art sub plan folder with these engaging, no-prep art projects. It’s easy to give your students a sub once they know how to play it. Make a small tub with markers and drawing paper in your room. Make copies of the game and place them in the tub with some dice. FOSTER INDEPENDENCE

Are you trying to cultivate self-reliance in your classroom? This design a pencil art game makes for the best and most productive

early finisher activity for your students. Students can choose an activity from several options to set up an art center. You can print the directions and the game board back to back. Then let students choose what activity they want to create. This project is similar to a

directed drawing activity in which students are guided through the art process.DIFFERENTIATE LESSONS

If you’re a teacher looking for a

differentiated art lesson that boosts independent thinking, problem-solving, and skill-acquisition, this first week of school project will do the trick. Each project’s outcome is unique, despite students choosing designs from the same game board.There are three options students have to generate their design. The first is a game board, where students choose their parts by rolling the die. The second is called a “you choose” board. These are both printables. Finally, for teachers who need to engage students during distance learning, I have added digital spinner wheels!

There are some tricks your students can use in order to speed up the design phase. I teach my students a fun transfer technique to

copy a designrepeatedly (5:11 into the video). I also show them how to use an old CD, or plastic takeout lid (7.55 into the video), as a paint palette for more color. YOU WILL RECEIVE

12-Page, Non-Editable PDF

  • 9-Page, Non-Editable PowerPoint Presentation
  • 2-Page Lesson Plan
  • Dice Game
  • Step-By-Step Picture Tutorial and Directions
  • Template
  • 2 Writing Prompts
  • 2 Coloring Pages
  • Helpful Tips & Tricks
  • Pattern Practice Drawing Page
  • Paperless Google Drive digital resource for students (also for use in Google Classroom, Schoology, Canvas, Seesaw, Microsoft OneDrive, Teams, and anywhere else you can share a link to a file…link on the bottom of page 2)
  • Digital Spinner Wheels in the download as well as on Google Slides and YouTube (links on the bottom of page 3)

You will design a pencil stub by rolling the die and collecting the different patterns required to create it.

The pencil shape should be traced onto another sheet heavy-weighted white drawing paper.

  1. Next, take the die and select the first pattern in the first column. You can then draw it using either the pencil point, the pencil body or the eraser.
  2. Each selected pattern should be drawn in one of four areas. Roll the die again.
  3. You can outline everything with washable markers. Make sure you outline the large areas that meet with parts of your design.
  4. To paint the shapes, dip a small brush into water.
  5. If you need to neatly add more “paint” to larger areas, smudge some marker on a scrap piece of paper and use that as a paint palette.
  6. Let each area dry for a few minutes before you move on to the next area.
  7. After it is dry, cut it.

Bucket Filler

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