Claire West Flowers Art Game
Are you looking for a fun art project to teach about modern women artists? Going to be absent and need last minute art sub plans? Fill up your sub tub with engaging art lessons like this Claire West flowers art game that engages students. It’s how I get kids excited to learn art history! Step-by-step picture directions and the included PowerPoint presentation with close-up, detailed photos will guide your class from start to finish.
Teach your students about the space, an element of art, as well as what inspires Claire West to paint. Learn how she uses her sketchbook to record ideas for her landscape and still-life paintings. This lesson is perfect for Women’s History Month in March.
Are you trying to foster more independence in your art room? This roll and draw art game makes for the best and most productive early finisher activity for your kids. 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 kids 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.
Student Directions for Claire West Art Lesson
You will make a Claire West still-life by rolling the die and collecting the different parts to make it.
- First, wet the top half of your paper with water.
- While holding a pastel on its side, quickly rub it horizontally into the wet area. If it dries, dip the bottom of the pastel in water and continue making marks.
- Then, wet the bottom of the paper.
- Rub pastels going vertically in short, choppy strokes. Let it dry.
- Next, roll the die to pick a vase.
- Using tempera paint and a large brush, paint it. Be sure to place a paper towel under your hand to avoid smudging the pastel.
- Roll the die four more times to pick flowers from the last four columns.
- To paint a flower, drag your brush across the paper to make the shape. Then, load your brush with a blob of paint. Gently dab it on to fill it in. Allow wet parts to dry before adding details.
- Some flowers can be painted by dabbing the side of the brush onto the paper with a large blob of paint.
- While the flowers are wet, finish painting the vase.
- Then, continue painting the rest of your flowers. As some dry, you can overlap new ones to create a sense of depth.
I’ve included three ways kid 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 Claire West 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 kids during each part of the art project.
Once completed, have your class 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.
3rd – 5th Grade
Main Learning Objective
Students will be able to paint a Claire West inspired vase of spring flowers using mixed media.
- Washable Tempera Paints
- Watercolor Paper or Heavy 90lb. White Drawing Paper
- Soft Pastels
You Will Receive
- 13-Page, Non-Editable PDF (Claire West Flowers Art Game)
- 13-Page, Non-Editable PowerPoint Presentation
- Dice Game
- Choice-Based Drawing Version of the Game
- Claire West 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
- 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 the download as well as on Google Slides and YouTube (links on the bottom of page 3)