Peter Max 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 Peter Max project that excites students. Teach your students about pop art, colored pencil techniques, and how to create the illusion of space on a flat surface.
Are you trying to foster more independence in your art room? This Peter Max 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 Peter Max style colored pencil drawing by rolling the die and collecting the different parts required to put it together.
- Begin by drawing a small heart on your paper.
- Then, roll to determine what border design you’ll draw around the heart.
- The second roll will determine a pattern for inside the heart.
- The third roll will select a pair of wings.
- The fourth roll will give you a background design.
- And the last three rolls will add some fun extras in the background.
- Once drawn, use a black permanent marker to outline everything.
- Then color everything in using colored pencil. Some shapes should be filled in solidly while others should be created by blending two or more colors together. This is called a “gradation.”
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 Peter Max drawing 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.
- 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade
Main Learning Objective
- Students will be able to design a psychedelic abstract drawing inspired by Pop artist Peter Max using colored pencil techniques
- Colored Pencils
- Drawing Paper
You Will Receive
- 12-Page, Non-Editable PDF (Peter Max Game)
- 9-Page Non-Editable PowerPoint Presentation
- Dice Game
- Choice-Based Drawing Version of the Game
- Step-by-Step Picture Tutorial and Directions
- Peter Max 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
- 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)
My students love this lesson! They want to design a few for friends and family! – Andrea U.
These are perfect for sub plans or when we have those strange days and teachers drop their students off late or need to pick them up early. My students beg for these art games. – Donnette H.
I’ve used this with whole grade levels and as a early finishers game. The kids really enjoy it! – Kristi S.