Chinese Vase Art Game
Need a January bulletin board that shows student exploration into Asian art and culture? Imagine these beautiful Chinese vase art projects hanging in the hallway by your door. You will be the talk of the school! This cultural art lesson is perfect for social studies and art teachers wanting to teach about stoneware versus earthenware versus porcelain as well as various glazing techniques throughout history. Step-by-step picture directions and the included PowerPoint presentation with close-up, detailed photos will guide your students from start to finish.
Going to be absent and need a last minute art history lesson for the substitute? Or are you searching for fun, supplemental resources for art? Fill up your art sub plan folder with low-prep, creative art projects. Once your students know how to play the game, they’re easy to leave with a sub! Create a small sub tub in your room with copies of the game in a labeled folder inside the tub along with some dice. The lesson is structured 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.
Are you trying to foster more independence in your art room? This art game makes for the best and most productive early finisher activity for your students. You can set up a choice-based art center where students select an activity amongst different ones. Print out the game board and directions back to back, file them in labeled folders, and let them pick what they’d like to create.
Looking for a differentiated art lesson that boosts independent thinking, problem-solving, and skill-acquisition? This art lesson will do the trick. Despite students selecting designs from the same game board, the outcome of each project is unique to the creator.
You will create an antique chinese vase art project by rolling the die and collecting the different parts required to create it.
- First, choose a vase shape and trace it.
- Then roll the die to select which border you’ll add to your vase from the first column.
- Roll the die again to select another border from the second column and draw it.
- Roll a third time to determine which animal you’ll add.
- Draw it large in the middle of the vase.
- Then roll two more times to select floral patterns from the last two columns. Feel free to repeat the floral patterns to fill your vase.
- Trace over everything in permanent marker.
- Lastly, color everything in using several shades of blue.
- Use gradation (a gradual change from one hue to another) to fill in the shapes on your vase.
And that’s how you play this Chinese vase art game!
I’ve included three ways students can generate their design. 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 during distance learning, I’ve added digital spinner wheels!
First, print out the Chinese vase art game and picture directions back-to-back. Then give your students dice and watch them have fun creating their own art project independently. If you have access to a smartboard or projector, use the accompanying PowerPoint presentation. It will guide the students during each part of the art project.
Once completed, have students use the self-assessment rubrics to evaluate their artwork based on craftsmanship, creativity, following directions, work habits, project goals, and clean up. And then have them complete the “Big Ideas” sheet so they can connect the creation process to their learning.
If you are substituting or need a fast finisher activity, use the included coloring page.
- 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grade
Main Learning Objective
- Students will be able to create a Ming Dynasty vase using traditional motifs and a gradation colored pencil technique
- Colored Pencils
- Drawing Paper
- Fine and Extra Fine Permanent Markers
You Will Receive
- 18-Page, Non-Editable PDF (Chinese Vase Art Game)
- 9-Page, Non-Editable PowerPoint Presentation
- Roll a Dice Game
- Choice-Based Drawing Version of the Game
- Step-by-Step Picture Tutorial and Directions
- Ming Dynasty Pottery History Handout
- 5 Chinese Vase Templates
- Visual Arts Self-Assessment Rubrics
- Artist “Big Ideas” Reflection Sheets
- 8, “I CAN” Statements Aligned to the Studio Habits of Mind
- Practice Drawing Page
- Coloring 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 Google Slides and YouTube (links on the bottom of page 3)
My students loved how their art came out. I used this as part of my Chinese New Year Day. They were so proud of their vases and proudly show them off to different people that enter the room. – Meaghan S.
I was able to use this with Distance learning. I was able to upload the game for students to use. It was so engaging for them as it was different than a normal lesson structure, who doesn’t like a game! The results were photos of beautiful vases sent to me. A very enjoyable lesson. Thanks – Susan T.
Was a great supplement to my art history unit when I wasn’t able to cover all of the time periods that I had hoped to do with an intensive project. – Karyn B.