Laurel Burch 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 Laurel Burch project that excites students. Teach your students about folk art, watercolor painting, and working with pattern.
Are you trying to foster more independence in your art room? This Laurel Burch 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.
- First trace the cat onto another sheet of heavy white drawing paper.
- Next, roll the die to select which pattern you’ll use on the face.
- The next two rolls will decide which body patterns you’ll draw.
- And the last two rolls will give you patterns for the tail.
- Draw all your patterns with crayons.
- Then, use watercolor paints to fill in all your shapes. Allow each area to dry slightly before moving on to a neighboring area of the design. Be creative with your colors.
I’ve included three ways students can generate their design. The first is the game board where students roll the die to select their parts. The second is a “you pick” board. Both of these are printables. And lastly, for teachers needing engaging lessons during distance learning, I’ve added digital spinner wheels!
First, print out the Laurel Burch game and picture directions back-to-back. Then give your students dice and watch them have fun creating their own art project independently. 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 design a cat in the style of Laurel Burch using 5 unique patterns
- Watercolor Paints
- Drawing Paper
You Will Receive
- 13-Page, Non-Editable PDF (Laurel Burch Game)
- 9-Page Non-Editable PowerPoint Presentation
- Dice Game
- Choice-Based Drawing Version of the Game
- Step-by-Step Picture Tutorial and Directions
- Laurel Burch Biography Handout
- Cat Template
- 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 in Google Classroom, Schoology, Canvas, Seesaw, Microsoft OneDrive, Teams, and anywhere else you can share a link to a file…link on the bottom of page 2)
- Digital Spinner Wheels in the download as well as on Google Slides and YouTube (links on the bottom of page 3)
I plan to use this with my 2nd grade art class……love that we can use the powerpoint to guide them through the game! – Laurie E.
As a teacher at an arts integrated school, I’m always looking for easy to use activities to promote my student’s creativity. These projects are great to have on hand for quick finishers! Easy for students to self-manage and work on independently. – Kimberly B.
Super simple for students or to leave for a guest teacher. – Carly C.