Giuseppe Arcimboldo 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 Giuseppe Arcimboldo project that excites students. Teach your students about the Renaissance, fresco painting, and how artists think creatively to solve challenges.
Are you trying to foster more independence in your art room? This Giuseppe Archimboldo 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 Giuseppe Arcimboldo portrait by rolling the die and collecting the different parts required to create it.
- First, trace one of the templates onto another sheet of heavy white drawing paper.
- Then, roll the die to select which set of eyes you’ll draw.
- Roll the die two more times to determine which nose and ears you’ll add from column 2.
- Then, roll again to select which mouth you’ll pick from column 3.
- The fifth roll will give you which cheeks you’ll draw.
- And lastly, roll two more times to determine which chin and hair you’ll add from column 5.
- Once you’re finished drawing, outline everything in permanent marker.
- Then color it in using either markers or colored pencils.
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 Giuseppe Archimboldo 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.
- 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade
Main Learning Objective
- Students will be able to design a portrait using fruits and vegetables in the style of Giuseppe Arcimboldo, a Late Italian Renaissance painter.
- Drawing Paper
- Black Permanent Marker
You Will Receive
- 17-Page, Non-Editable PDF (Giuseppe Arcimboldo Art Game)
- 9-Page Non-Editable PowerPoint Presentation
- Dice Game
- Choice-Based Drawing Version of the Game
- Four Portrait Templates
- Step-by-Step Picture Tutorial and Directions
- Giuseppe Arcimboldo 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 the download as well as on Google Slides and YouTube (links on the bottom of page 3)
I love these games and have bought several! My students always love playing them! Great first day of class activity! – Evla S.
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. I just discovered this artist… what an original way to make art! – Susan V.
Beautiful product! Can’t wait to use this resource with my students during my art history unit. Thank you! – Ashley M.