Henna Hands 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 henna hands art lesson that excites students. Teach your students about both the functional and decorative purposes of henna, how it’s made, and its meaning. This art lesson is great for discussing the customs and traditions of cultures in the Middle East and North Africa.
Are you trying to foster more independence in your art room? This henna hands 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.
- First, trace two overlapping hands onto another sheet of heavy white drawing paper.
- Then, using permanent marker, trace over the lines.
- Next, roll the die to choose a design from the first column and draw it on one of the hands.
- Then roll three more times to pick three more designs and draw them on the same hand.
- Lastly, roll to select a pattern. Draw it in the background.
- Repeat all the directions for selecting designs and draw them on the second hand.
- And roll one last time to pick a pattern to complete the background.
- Using markers, colored pencils, or whatever coloring mater- ials you have, color it in neatly.
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 henna hands 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.
6th – 8th grade
Main Learning Objective
Students will be able to use the elements of art and principles of design to create a picture of overlapping hands using traditional henna designs.
- Permanent Marker
- Markers (Alternatives: Colored Pencils or Crayons)
- Drawing Paper
You Will Receive
- 12-Page, Non-Editable PDF (Henna Hands Art Game)
- 9-Page Non-Editable PowerPoint Presentation
- Dice Game
- Choice-Based Drawing Version of the Game
- Step-by-Step Picture Tutorial and Directions
- The Origins of Henna Designs 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)