Kimmy Cantrell Masks Art Game
Are you looking for a fun way to teach about modern black artists? Going to be absent and need last minute art sub plans? Fill up your sub tub with low-prep art lessons like this Kimmy Cantrell masks game that excites students. It’s how I get students excited to learn art history! Teach your students about modern art as well as how to create a cardboard assemblage sculpture. Step-by-step picture directions and the included PowerPoint presentation with close-up, detailed photos will guide your students from start to finish.
Are you trying to foster more independence in your art room? This Kimmy Cantrell sculpture project 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 Kimmy Cantrell inspired mask by rolling the die and collecting the different parts needed to put it together.
- First, roll the die to pick a head shape. Draw it very large onto a sheet of cardboard.
- Next, roll the die again to choose an eye. Draw it on a scrap piece of cardboard. For facial features that have more than one shape, you can either draw and cut them out of cardboard, or draw them with oil pastels in the next phase of the project.
- Then, roll the die again to pick a nose, mouth, and ears. Decide if you’d like one ear or a few ears of the same shape.
- Glue everything with a glue stick.
- Then, using black tempera paint, paint the entire mask.
- After it’s dry, use oil pastels to color it in. Lightly blend white pastel with your colors so they appear brighter.
- Next, add any details from the design sheet that may have been too hard to cut out with cardboard.
- Also, include any additional line and shape patterns to make it unique.
- Lastly, seal the mask with a decoupage medium like Mod Podge.
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.
3rd – 6th grade
Main Learning Objective
Students will be able to create an assemblage sculpture in the style of Kimmy Cantrell masks using mixed media.
- Oil Pastels
- Tempera Paint (or Craft Paint)
You Will Receive
- 12-Page, Non-Editable PDF
- 10-Page, Non-Editable PowerPoint Presentation
- Roll a Dice Game
- Choice-Based Drawing Version of the Game
- Kimmy Cantrell Biography Handout
- Step-by-Step Picture Tutorial and Directions
- 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 on Google Classroom, Google Slides, and Microsoft OneDrive)