Heather Galler Folk Art Game
Are you looking for a creative 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 Heather Galler folk 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 folk art as well as why Heather Galler is considered an artisan. Learn how she’s inspired by her community to paint pictures of farms, birds, flowers, dogs, and people. 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 Heather Galler Birds Project
You will make a Heather Galler style birds in a tree by rolling the die and collecting the different parts needed to create it.
- First, draw a large, rounded tree, field lines, and bumps for bushes.
- Then, roll the die to pick a bird from the first column. Draw it.
- Roll again to select another bird from the second column.
- Roll to pick three flow- ers from the third column.
- Roll to pick three patterns from the fourth and fifth columns.
- Next, outline the birds, tree, bushes, and field lines with black marker.
- And, color in all the flowers and patterns with crayons.
- Then, use tempera cakes or watercolor paint to fill in the sky, tree, and ground. The crayon will resist the paint and continue to show. This is called a “resist technique.”
- Lastly, paint large dots in the sky and tree to fill in the empty space.
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 Heather Galler 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.
2nd – 5th Grade
Main Learning Objective
Students will be able to paint a Heather Galler inspired painting of birds in a tree using mixed media.
- Neon Tempera Cake Paints (or watercolor paints)
- Heavy White Drawing Paper
- Black Permanent Markers
You Will Receive
- 17-Page, Non-Editable PDF (Heather Galler Folk Art Game)
- 11-Page, Non-Editable PowerPoint Presentation
- Dice Game
- Choice-Based Drawing Version of the Game
- Heather Galler 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
- 4 Exit Tickets
- 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)