Georgia O’Keeffe Cow Skull 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 Georgia O’Keeffe Cow Skull project that excites students. Teach your students about modern art as well as how to handle watercolors.
Are you trying to foster more independence in your art room? This Georgia O’Keeffe Cow Skull 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 Georgia O’Keeffe cow skull painting by rolling the die and collecting the different parts required to create it.
- Using permanent marker, divide your paper into 10 equal parts to make stripes.
- Then roll the die to pick a design from the first column. Draw it in two of the areas on your paper.
- Roll the die four more times, picking one pattern from each column and drawing it two times.
- Use permanent marker to trace over all your lines.
- Then, use watercolor paints and small brushes to fill in your design. Consider mixing a little bit of brown or black with your colors to tone them down.
- Next, use the “Drawing Cow Skulls” handout to create a skull on a separate sheet of paper.
- Then outline everything with permanent marker and paint it with watercolors.
- To create the color of bone, mix a little bit of brown with black and then water it down a lot.
- Lastly, cut out your cow skull and glue it towards the top of your background.
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 Georgia O’Keeffe cow skull 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.
- 5th – 8th Grades
Main Learning Objective
- Students will be able to draw and paint a Georgia O’Keeffe inspired cow skull using watercolor paints and permanent marker.
- Heavy White Drawing Paper
- Watercolor Paints (Traditional of Liquid Watercolors)
- Permanent Markers (Fine and/or Extra Fine Point)
You Will Receive
- 13-Page, Non-Editable PDF (Georgia O’Keeffe Cow Skulls Art Game)
- 9-Page Non-Editable PowerPoint Presentation
- Dice Game
- Choice-Based Drawing Version of the Game
- Step-by-Step Picture Tutorial and Directions
- Georgia O’Keeffe Biography Handout
- How to Draw a Cow Skull 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 (link on the bottom of page 3)