Katherine Bernhardt 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 Katherine Bernhardt pattern painting project that excites students. Teach your students about pop art, artist inspiration, and how to compose a work of art using repetition.
Are you trying to foster more independence in your art room? This Katherine Bernhardt 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 Katherine Bernhardt pattern painting by rolling the die and collecting the different motifs required to create it.
First, roll the die to select which retro/cool shape you’ll draw. Next, wet the paper in the area where you’ll draw it. Then, using soft pastels, draw the shape quickly, taking care not to lean your hand into the design. Don’t worry about making perfect shapes. None of Bernhardt’s motifs are exactly the same every time!
Then, roll the die four more times to select the other motifs. Continue wetting the paper and drawing the shape for each. When you’re done, fill the remaining space by repeating some of the same shapes. Then, let it dry completely.
Lastly, using washable tempera paints, mix tropical colors (tertiary colors with some white) and paint your design. Repeat colors in different areas throughout the design to show balance. If you’re having trouble, practice on smaller paper first. In addition, any words on the motifs can be added after painting or eliminated completely. Just do what works best for you!
And that’s how you play this Katherine Bernhardt art game!
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.
2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade
Main Learning Objective
Students will be able to create a mixed media, Pop Art painting using symbolic icons and pastel colors in the style of Brooklyn, New York artist Katherine Bernhardt
- Washable Tempera Paints
- Soft Pastels
You Will Receive
- 12-Page, Non-Editable PDF (Katherine Bernhardt Art Project)
- 9-Page Non-Editable PowerPoint Presentation
- Dice Game
- Step-by-Step Picture Tutorial and Directions
- Katherine Bernhardt 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