Rene Magritte Personal Values 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 Rene Magritte Personal Values project that excites students. Teach your students about Surrealism, modern art, and colored pencil techniques, as well one-point linear perspective and shading.
Are you trying to foster more independence in your art room? This Rene Magritte Personal Values 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 Rene Magritte Personal Values inspired interior scene by rolling the die and collecting the different parts required to create it.
- First, use the perspective handouts to design your room and some furniture to go with it. If you want floor or ceiling moulding, include that.
- Then, roll the die to pick one technology object from the first column, a beauty object from the second column, a food or drink from the third column, and an everyday object from the last two columns.
- Next, draw each object oversized within the space, overlapping them whenever possible to show a sense of depth. Feel free to change the position, angle, and style of the object as you see fit.
- Then, draw a realistic, outdoor scene on the walls, ceiling, and/or floor.
- Lastly, use colored pencils or markers to design your scene. Be sure to add shadows underneath your objects to make them look as realistic as possible.
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 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.
- 6th grade, 7th, 8th, and 9th Grades
Main Learning Objective
- Students will be able to design a Rene Magritte inspired interior scene using 1-point linear perspective and shading techniques. As a result, they will learn about the art movement known as Surrealism and understand why Magritte’s, “Personal Values” painting is an example of this style of art.
- Colored Pencils or Markers
- Drawing Paper
You Will Receive
- 14-Page, Non-Editable PDF (Rene Magritte Personal Values Game)
- 9-Page Non-Editable PowerPoint Presentation
- Dice Game
- Choice-Based Drawing Version of the Game
- 2 Pages on Drawing in 1-Point Perspective
- René Magritte Biography and Surrealism 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 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 love how this activity, while fun, adds an elements of difficulty to help the kids learn while having a good time! – Evla S.