Joan Miro Portrait 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 Joan Miro Portrait project that excites students. Teach your students about modern art as well how to work with oil pastels and tempera cake paints.
Are you trying to foster more independence in your art room? This Joan Miro portrait 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 design a Joan Miro portrait by rolling the die and collecting the different patterns required to create it.
First, roll the die to select a head shape from the first column and draw it. Then, roll the die again to determine which face you’ll draw on the head. Next, roll for a torso and draw it below the head. Then roll to determine which pair of arms you’ll add to your design. Lastly, roll the die one more time to select legs. You can overlap the arms and legs onto the torso or let them touch the edge. It’s up to you!
To make your portrait unique, add some fun lines, shapes, stars, and moons in the background. Then, using crayons or oil pastels, smudge some colors in the background. To complete your design, use watercolor or tempera paints to fill it in, outlining everything in black.
First, print out the game and picture directions back-to-back. Then give your students dice and watch them have fun creating their own art project independently. Alternatively, if you’re a choice-based art teacher, you can use the “You Pick” version of the game. 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.
1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade
Main Learning Objective
Students will be able to create an abstract Joan Miro portrait using oil pastels and tempera paints and a variety of lines.
- Oil Pastels
- Drawing Paper
- Tempera Paint Cakes
You Will Receive
- 12-Page, Non-Editable PDF (Joan Miro Portrait Art Game)
- 9-Page Non-Editable PowerPoint Presentation
- Dice Game
- Choice-Based Drawing Version of the Game
- Step-by-Step Picture Tutorial and Directions
- Joan Miro 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
A fun take on Miro and makes silly people. A good way to show kids that it doesn’t need to look like a real person to be art! – Jessica F.
My students loved it! – Jacqueline S.
Love this…it was such a fun activity for our famous art week. – Susan L.