Katherine Bernhardt Art Game
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 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.
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
- One 8-page, non-editable PDF
- Dice game
- Step-by-step picture tutorial and directions
- Drawing James Rizzi Buildings Worksheet
- Visual Arts Self-Assessment Rubrics
- Artist “Big Ideas” Reflection Sheets
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