Amelia Pelaez Art Game
Searching for an engaging Hispanic Heritage Month activity for your elementary art students? Explore the life and art of Cuban painter and ceramist, Amelia Pelaez. This fun roll and draw game will be a hit with your kids. And no two art projects will come out the same! Fill up your sub tub with low-prep art lessons like this Amelia Pelaez art game that excites students.
How to Use this Amelia Pelaez Art Project
First of all, whether you’re taking a sick or personal day, you’ll always feel prepared with art sub plans for elementary in place. I’ve structured this project in a way that students can do the reading and practice drawing in one lesson, and the actual project when you return the following week.
Or, if you’re planning a maternity leave and need ready-to-go art projects that even an uncertified art sub could handle, I’ve got you covered. Everything from step-by-step picture directions to assessments is included.
Secondly, some teachers love these roll and draw games for kids who finish early. In that case, you could set up a choice-based art center where students select an activity to work on. Print out the game board and directions back to back, put them in a labeled folders, and let them pick what they’d like to create. This is similar to a directed drawing activity in which students are guided through the art process.
Lastly, one of the key components to great instructional design is flexibility. To that end, I’ve included three ways students can generate their artwork. The first is the game board where students roll the die to select their parts. The second is a ‘you pick’ board. Both of these are printables. And lastly, for teachers needing engaging lessons for virtual learners, I’ve added digital spinner wheels!
Features of this Art Game
- Roll and draw and ‘you pick’ versions of this art project which will give you the flexibility to tailor your lesson each class and child
- Printable, step-by-step one-page directions, so your students can anticipate what comes next
- Step-by-step PowerPoint to project on your whiteboard so students can see the directions from their seat
- An age-appropriate artist biography, so you can explore their life and understand the motivations behind their work
- Unique crafted self-assessments, reflection worksheets, and exit tickets, so you can collect the data you need to please your admins
- Printable ‘I can” statements tied to the Studio Habits of Mind to display on your art room or hallway bulletin board to reinforce what your students have learned
- Digital spinners and a printable dice page for students in virtual settings and may not have dice at home
Amelia Pelaez Game Directions
You will make an Amelia Peláez still-life by rolling the die and collecting the different parts to create it.
- First, roll the die to pick a vase from the first column. Draw it.
- Then, roll again to select flowers from the second column.
- Then, roll for a background. Roll two times to pick two patterns from the fourth
- And lastly, roll two more times to select two patterns from the fifth column.
- Next, outline everything using permanent marker.
- Erase any pencil marks that remain.
- Lastly, using tempera cakes, paint in all the shapes. Allow each area to dry before painting next to wet shapes.
Main Learning Objective
Students will be able to paint a still-life of flowers inspired by Cuban artist Amelia Pelaez.
- Tempera Cake Paints
- Heavy White Drawing Paper
You Will Receive
- 18-Page, Non-Editable PDF (Amelia Pelaez Art Game)
- 9-Page, Non-Editable PowerPoint Presentation
- Dice Game
- Printable Big Dice
- Choice-Based Drawing Version of the Game
- Amelia Pelaez Biography Handout
- Step-by-Step Picture Tutorial and Directions
- Visual Arts Self-Assessment Rubrics
- Artist “Big Ideas” Reflection Sheets
- 8, “I CAN” Statements Aligned to the Studio Habits of Mind
- 4 Exit Tickets
- Practice Drawing Page
- Coloring Page
- Printable Dice Template
- Paperless Google Drive digital resource for students (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)