Art History Exit Slips for Elements of Art
Looking to teach your classes about the principles of design through art history? These exit tickets are a great way to expose children to painters, sculptors, fiber artists, etc. Need a quick and easy formative assessment tool for your SGO or SLO? Have a scheduled observation and want a way to polish off the end of your art lesson? Check out this comprehensive pack of 100 unique art history exit slips.
This resource also includes a PowerPoint slide to accompany every slip! Each features a large image of the entire artwork, a close-up, and the writing prompt. Post the prompt on your smartboard so students can view it while completing their ticket. I also recommend assigning it via your school’s LMS so students can use laptops or iPads to view them. Moreover, they can enlarge the image themselves to see the details. No more children saying, “I can’t see the picture!”
This assessment tool is designed for students in second grade through eighth grade. If you’re teaching about balance, contrast, emphasis, movement, proportion, repetition, rhythm, unity, or variety, they’re also easy to align to any art lesson. And, they will be an effective tool in your art room no matter where you are on the choice spectrum.
Why Use Art History Exit Tickets?
- Practice, reinforce, and respond to artwork, vocabulary, and art concepts
- Touch upon artists and artisans from diverse cultures
- Encourage expository writing and literacy skills
- Collect data for your SGO or SLO assessment
- Easy to align with any state or local curriculum guides
There are a couple different ways to use these exit slips, whether it be at the end of a lesson or a unit of study.
For example, you could pre-select a slip and give everyone the same prompt to complete during the last few minutes of class. So, if you’re teaching your students to draw a face using standard measurements, you might consider selecting the prompt that reads, “Look carefully at ‘Madam Pompadour.’ What facial proportions are not accurate?”
Or maybe you’ve just completed a printmaking unit involving rhythm and you want your students to demonstrate they can apply what they learned. You might want to use the prompt that reads, “How does the flowing rhythm in this woodblock print help to tell the story?”
Conversely, you could also use an exit ticket as a quick way to introduce art history concepts in small doses. This is especially effective for art teachers who have very short class periods. I’ve broken up each file according to the element of art to make this task easier.
However, if you’re a fully choice-based art teacher, your approach might be different. First, you could print out all 100 writing prompts. Then, put them in labeled folders according to the elements of art, and instruct students to select one from a certain folder.
So if on that day your class is focusing on proportion, each student grabs a prompt in that folder. And with the number of prompts given, it’s likely that you’ll wind up with all types of reflection pieces that are authentic to the learning in your classroom.
Art exit slips are a great way to gauge student learning concepts and assess standards. Each prompt comes 4 to a page. Simply print and go!
Art History Exit Slip Examples
- Explain why this painting by Claude Monet is an example of an asymmetrical composition.
- “Weaving” by Mexican muralist Diego Rivera shows informal balance. What did he do to balance out the figure?
- What did sculptor Antonio Canova do to add contrast between the skin and hair on this marble bust?
- Where do you see color contrast in “The Vase of Tulips” by Paul Cézanne?
- What is the focal point of this print by Honoré Daumier?
- Name 3 techniques artist Thomas Hicks used to make the figure behind the wood stove stand out.
- Alexander Calder created sculptures that use kinetic movement. How do you think “Starfish” moves?
- Where do you see repetition of shapes that create a sense of movement?
- Study “Mrs. William Bonham (Ann Warford.)” Which body proportions are not realistic? Why do you think the artist chose to portray his subject like this?
- Why do you think the Anasazi spent so much time decorating this bowl with patterns?
- What motif is being repeated?
- Explain why “Sky Above Clouds IV” is a progressive rhythm.
- Which ties in Wayne Thiebaud’s “Row of Ties” are examples of irregular rhythm?
- What are two ways in which Archibald John Motley Jr. created harmony in “Nightlife?”
- This African mask is made with wood, pigment, glass beads, cowrie shells, fabric, and thread. How does the repetition of the materials help unify the design?
- Where do you see a variety of shapes in Romare Bearden’s collage, “The Return of Odysseus?”
- 2nd Grade – 8th Grade
You Will Receive
- 9 Non-Editable PDFs (One for Each Principles of Design)
- 9 Non-Editable PowerPoint Slides (One for Each Exit Slip)