What do you do at the end of the school year when you’re feeling burned out, low on supplies and the kids want to be anywhere but a classroom? We’ve got two ideas for end-of-the-year games to play in the art room. The first is a drawing game for kids in grades 1-12 and the second is an art history game for middle and high school.
Download our free game sketch artist; it’s a guaranteed hit! We’ve used it extensively in our workshops and in the schools where we teach. You can use it in your classes with first grade through 12th.
You’ll need copies from our free download, paper, pencils and envelopes. The premise of the game is that a crime has been committed. The witness to the crime describes the criminal to the police sketch artist. Play the game with one person as the witness and one or several people pretending to be a police sketch artist.
In the envelope is a photo of a “criminal.” The witness describes the criminal with as much detail as possible to the sketch artist(s).
Once the artist(s) finish drawing the criminal the witness reveals the photo. These aren’t the criminals from central casting. They are quirky folks from all walks of life. The kids love looking at the pictures and are always excited to take another turn.
How about an art history game that reinforces the learning that’s happened in the art room? We’ve got that too! Art bingo is perfect for middle and high school kids.
You’ll need are copies from our download, bingo pieces such as cut paper or pennies, and candy or dollar store pencils for prizes.
Cut the names of the artists into small strips and put them into a container. Each kid gets a bingo sheet and bingo markers. Choose a name from the container and call it out. Play for at least 20 minutes to allow for plenty of chances to win. Art bingo is available in our shop for $4.00.
For $4 and the use of a copy machine you can have an entire days worth of classes filled with fun and engaging games. End of the year stress? You got this!
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