Chris Uphues Hearts Art Game
Are you looking for a fun way to supplement your art history lessons? Going to be absent and need last minute art sub plans? Fill up your sub tub with low-prep art lessons like this Chris Uphues hearts project that excites students. Teach your students about pop art, mural painting, and how to use symmetry to draw challenging shapes.
Are you trying to foster more independence in your art room? This Chris Uphues hearts 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, 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.
If you’re a teacher looking for a differentiated art lesson that boosts independent thinking, problem-solving, and skill-acquisition, this will do the trick.
You will create a Chris Uphues hearts drawing by rolling the die and collecting the different faces required to create it.
- First, use the tracers on page 4 to draw five overlapping hearts. Or, draw your own overlapping hearts!
- Then roll the die to select the first face. Draw it on one of the hearts.
- Roll the die four more times, drawing each face on the remaining hearts.
- Using washable markers, outline all the hearts.
- Then use the side of the marker to draw rainbow lines from hearts to the edge of the picture.
- Lastly, dip a brush in water and carefully smudge it in the marker inside all the hearts to paint them in. If you need to neatly add more “paint” to them, smudge some marker on a scrap piece of paper and use that as a paint palette.
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 Chris Uphues hearts 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.
- 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade
Main Learning Objective
- Students will be able to create a Chris Uphues inspired hearts picture using bold colors and fun facial designs
- Drawing Paper
- Permanent Markers
You Will Receive
- 14-Page, Non-Editable PDF (Chris Uphues Hearts Game)
- 9-Page Non-Editable PowerPoint Presentation
- Dice Game
- Choice-Based Drawing Version of the Game
- Step-by-Step Picture Tutorial and Directions
- Hearts Coloring Sheet
- Hearts Template
- Chris Uphues Biography Handout
- 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)
This is going to be so much fun for my students next week! I wanted to do something quick and easy and this looks awesome! Such a cool idea and the step-by-step directions are nice! – Ivie
I used this lesson with my students in connection with Valentine’s Day. They enjoyed learning about the artist and had fun making their own piece. We had trouble getting some of the markers to work with the water, but then it became a fun lesson on trial and error. We even began comparing marker brands for this art task. Many lessons came out of this one activity. But they were mostly excited to have a product to take home to their families. – Jaret G.
Fabulous resource for a veteran teacher that’s new to the art room. I’m excited to use this with the kids in different ways. What a GREAT way to introduce artists to the kids! I plan to show them a PowerPoint of the artist and some of their works, and then have them play this game. – Susan V.