James Rizzi Cityscape Art Game
You will create a James Rizzi cityscape by rolling the die and collecting the different parts required to create it. Using either a black permanent marker or crayon, draw buildings that overlap one another beginning with shorter ones in front.
Then, roll the die three times to select three faces from the first column. Roll three more times to select three more faces from the second column. The next three rolls with determine window shapes. Draw as many windows as needed to fill your buildings. Then, roll three more times for items to place in the background. Add as many as needed. And lastly, roll three more times to select some fun extras to draw either on, in front, or on top of the buildings. Draw as many as you like.
Color the details with crayons. Using washable markers, outline everything. Dip a small brush in water and carefully smudge it in the marker lines to paint in the shapes. If you need to neatly add more “paint” to larger areas, smudge some marker on a scrap piece of paper and use that as a paint palette. Allow each area to dry slightly before moving on to a neighboring area of the design.
First, print out the game and picture directions back-to-back. Then give them dice and watch them have fun creating their own art project independently. 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.
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th grade
Main Learning Objective
Students will be able to create a James Rizzi inspired cityscape using mixed media
- Drawing Paper
- Permanent Markers
You Will Receive
- 8-page, non-editable PDF (James Rizzi Cityscape Art Game)
- 9-page non-editable PowerPoint presentation
- Dice game
- Step-by-step picture tutorial and directions
- Drawing James Rizzi Buildings Worksheet
- Visual Arts Self-Assessment Rubrics
- Artist “Big Ideas” Reflection Sheets
I love every single one of these art lessons. I use them with my class not just when I have a sub. – Rachel C.
My kids enjoyed the Kandinsky, so I figured I would give this a try. I bought some “mixed media” paper so some kids do use chalk and a few (select students) can use watercolor. – Lisa F
Great resource for my esl learners (5th graders). Thanks a lot!!! – Andrea M.